GASTVORTRAG: Esen Öğüş Ph.D. (Universität München), Dokimeion sarcophagi from Asia Minor: Architectural style and conceptual differences from Rome and Athens

Dienstag, 6. Dezember 2016, um 18 h c.t.

Seminarraum 12 des Instituts für Klassische Archäologie, 1190 Wien, Franz-Klein-Gasse 1, 1. Stock

It has often been accepted that there are three main sarcophagus production centers in the Roman Empire: Rome, Athens and Dokimeion in Asia Minor. This paper aims to elucidate the formal and iconographic differences of the Dokimeion sarcophagi from those produced in the other centers. In Rome and Athens, mythological narratives prevail over other decorative themes, while in Asia Minor, standing human figures on an architectural background became the most favorable relief decoration for more than one hundred years. The reasons for this difference must be sought in the local honorific culture and aspirations to participate in the broader culture of the Roman Empire.