The Decayed, The Bad and The Ugly: Repurposing Ancient Monuments

Code: SL41811

Dates: October 14-28, 2021

Meets: 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM

Sessions: 3

Location: Creutzburg Center

Course Fee: $63.00

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Public monuments celebrating military, political, civic, and cultural leaders are a tradition inherited from classical antiquity. Ancient Rome was full of triumphal arches, obelisks, honorific columns, and bronze and marble statues made to preserve the memory of their subjects forever. Yet some monuments proved to be immediate embarrassments, others decayed and became unsightly, still others survived into the middle ages, long after their subjects had been forgotten. This course reviews ancient and medieval strategies for dealing with monuments whose subjects fell into disgrace or oblivion: damnatio memoriae, appropriation, denaming and renaming.
Fee: $63.00

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Dale Kinney

Dale Kinney joined the faculty of Bryn Mawr College in 1972 to teach early medieval and Byzantine art; she retired in 2011 after serving eight years as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Her research is focused on medieval Rome and on the reuse of Roman antiquities (spolia) in medieval art and architecture. Her publications include “The Concept of Spolia” and Reuse Value: Spolia and Appropriation from Constantine to Sherrie Levine, co-edited with Richard Brilliant.



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