|Time:||Thu Apr 25 2013 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM|
|Info: Hosted/Sponsored By:||Classics / J. Cummins|
|Requestor:||Cummins, Joseph x3160|
John H. Oakley
Athenian White Lekythoi: Masterpieces of Greek Funerary Art
Athenian white lekythoi, considered some of the most beautiful of Greek vases, are oil containers which were placed in and on tombs as grave gifts, and so they are important evidence for understanding ancient Greek funerary rites. This lecture will examine the scenes found on these vases and will discuss what these scenes tell us about classical Athenian perceptions of and reactions to death.
Professor John H. Oakley received his B.A. from Rutgers University in Ancient History, and, also from Rutgers, his M.A. in Classics and his Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology. He has taught at the College of William and Mary since 1980, where he is Chancellor Professor and Forest D. Murden Jr. Professor in the Department of Classical Studies. He has held visiting appointments at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, Princeton University, the University of Freiburg in Germany, and the University of Brussels. He is an expert on ancient Greek vases who has published a dozen books, including, with Cambridge University Press, a work on white lekythoi entitled Picturing Death in Classical Athens. In addition he has published over seventy-five articles and chapters, and he has lectured very widely. He is a longtime contributor of service to both the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the Archaeological Institute of America.
The McKibben Lecture in Classical Studies is sponsored by the Department of Classics and honors Bill and Betty McKibben, whose combined service to Grinnell College and to the greater Grinnell community totaled more than a century. The lecture is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow.
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