Tombs and Temples: Death, War, and Remembrance on the Athenian Acropolis

5 December 2014
  • Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
    6 p.m.
    O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium
    Reception to follow talk

    All lectures are free and open to the public.
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Dr. Joan Breton Connelly presents the second lecture in the Department of Art History Fifth Annual Speaker Series: War/Art/Peace. Her talk is titled: "Tombs and Temples: Death, War, and Remembrance on the Athenian Acropolis."

War, tombs, and temples formed a network of remembrance through which Greeks understood the local genealogies, myths, and histories from which they descended.  Art and war were tightly interwoven, sanctuaries teeming with captured arms and armor and adorned with sculptured images telling tales of Greek victories.  As at other Panhellenic sanctuaries, Athenians believed that tombs of their ancestors rested beneath local temples: Erechtheion and Parthenon.  That the legendary King Erechtheus and his daughters were commemorated for giving their lives to save Athens set an example for later generations called to make the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good. Stretches of cable from Xerxes’s bridge over the Hellespont, the sword of the Persian general Mardonios, and the breastplate of Persian cavalry commander Masistios were displayed on the Acropolis. These, along with the martial images adorning the temples, played a critical role in paideia, the education of the young for the all-consuming cycle of war, death, and remembrance that awaited them.

A reception will follow the talk.


Other lectures in the speaker series include:

Bartholomew Voorsanger, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, principal and founder of Voorsanger Architects PC, New York City
6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
Woulfe Hall, Anderson Student Center
"War Stories"

Dr. Kim Miller, associate professor of women's studies and art history, Wheaton College
6 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2015
O'Shaughnessy Educational Center
"Apartheid and After: Gendered Images of South Africa's Struggle"