Mobility, Technology, and Cultural Transfer in Ancient Italy: From Montelius, through Trendall, to Today

Mobility, Technology, and Cultural Transfer in Ancient Italy: From Montelius, through Trendall, to Today
Date
26 June 2019, 5.00pm - 7.00pm
Type
Lecture
Venue
Woburn Suite, G22/26, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Description

Professor Franco De Angelis, University of British Columbia

A.D. Trendall Lecture

In the almost quarter-century since the passing of Arthur Dale Trendall, much has changed in the study of the archaeology and history of ancient Italy and the western Mediterranean as a whole.  Many new data have emerged, and their retrieval and interpretation have been enriched by new methodological and theoretical approaches.  In this talk, I highlight three themes important to Trendall’s research—mobility, technology, and cultural transfer.  Any discussion of these matters for ancient Italy cannot occur in isolation, and must be situated within the larger framework first established by Oscar Montelius in the late 19th century to explain the development of societies and economies across time and space.  I assess the differences between then and now using this  Apulian red-figure situla to launch my discussion.  My overall aim is to rethink how we might today envisage mobility, technology, and cultural transfer in the context of ancient Greek Italy.  The argument will draw on particular case studies involving some of the themes central to Trendall’s own research, as well as other cultural transfers related to them.

 

Image: Apulian Red-Figure Situla by the Lycurgus Painter (c. 360-340 BC) from Ruvo, Southern Italy.  Now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Accession no. 56.171.64).

Contact

Valerie James
valerie.james@sas.ac.uk
020 7862 8716