Athens Under Roman Domination
Speaker: Michael Hoff, Professor of Art History at University of Nebraska—Lincoln
September 19, 2013, 6pm
ASU Tempe Campus
Life Sciences Building E Wing, Room 104
Few cities of the ancient world can rival Athens’ rich array of cultural splendors. Monuments such as the Parthenon, Erechtheion, and Theater of Dionysos (to name only a few) serve as visual reminders of Athens’ glory during the Classical Age. But scholars have neglected the era in Athenian history when Rome held dominion over all of Greece and the “Golden Age” of Athens was long passed. The Romans heavily patronized the city with endowments of magnificent buildings and monuments that outwardly reflect and honor Athens’ past glory, yet also readily testify to Roman domination. Considering the heavy debt the Romans owed to Greece with respect to their own art and culture, it is curious to note the Roman contributions to Athenian art and architecture.
This talk traces the topographical and architectural changes Athens underwent during the formative period of Roman control, which occurred during the late Hellenistic period and to the mid-first century AD. There is a particular emphasis on the role Augustus played in the civic transformation based on research by the lecturer. Monuments to be discussed include the Parthenon, Agora, Temple of Roma and Augustus, Roman Market, and others.
Michael Hoff specializes in Greek and Roman archaeology, particularly of Asia Minor in Turkey where he has conducts research. From 1997 to 2004, Hoff co-directed the architectural survey team of the Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey Project that documented newly-discovered ancient Roman sites in Turkey. Since 2005, Hoff serves as Project Director for the large-scale excavations of the ancient Roman city of Antiochia ad Cragum on the south coast of Turkey. This project is conducted within a consortium of universities including UNL, Clark University in Massachusetts, and Ataturk University in Erzurum, Turkey. Hoff has excavated previously at Athenian Agora, Corinth, Crete, and at the Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea, Greece. Hoff also conducts research on the history and topography of Roman Athens. Hoff has authored many articles in international journals and has co-edited several books. His latest publication is Rough Cilicia: New Historical and Archaeological Approaches, was published by Oxbow Press in 2013 and co-edited with Rhys Townsend. Hoff also is one of the leading lecturers with the Archaeological Institute of America and has delivered lectures on his research at over 30 colleges, universities, and archaeological societies throughout North America. Professor Hoff received his AB from the University of Missouri, MA from Florida State University, and Ph.D. from Boston University. Hoff joined the UNL faculty in 1989. In addition to his many courses in classical archaeology, Hoff offers study tours to Greece as well as archaeological fieldwork opportunities in Turkey.
Sponsored by Project Humanities and the ASU School of International Letters and Cultures
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