Simon Barker (Det norske institutt i Roma): Marble in the Vesuvian Cities and Villas
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Simon Barker er klassisk arkeolog med en doktorgrad fra Oxford og er for tiden postdoc ved Det norske instituttet i Roma. På dette seminaret vil han presentere deler av sin pågående forskning bl.a. basert på hans feltarbeid i Pompeii. Han har lovet å inkludere noen tekster til ære for filologene. Her er et ytterligere abstract:
Roman houses provided an environment for elite individuals to showcase power and prestige through their grand scale, imported materials and unobstructed views. From the Late Republican period onwards, lithic decoration developed as a powerful visual means of reflecting the social status of a house owner due to the house’s role in the social, political and business activities of its owner. Pompeii, Herculaneum and the villas preserved in the eruption of AD 79 testify to the fashion for and use of marble in domestic décor. These sites contain both elite and more modest houses with numerous well-preserved pavements from the first century BC to the first century AD that showcase marble from all over the Mediterranean and Egypt’s Eastern Desert. At the time of the eruption in AD 79 private houses in the Vesuvian cities had more marble on display than ever, from elaborate wall-to-wall marble pavements and wall revetment in the wealthy townhouse-villas on the seawall of Herculaneum to the more modest displays of the majority of houses in the region. The Marble and the Vesuvian Cities Project, directed by Simon J. Barker, and begun in 2015, aims to conduct a comprehensive study of marble-use in the 105 houses at Pompeii and 17 at Herculaneum that feature rooms with polychrome marble decoration. The talk focuses on two aspect of this on-going research - the spatial distribution of marble varieties within insert pavements and the overall evolution of the trade for polychrome marbles on the Bay of Naples.