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Lecture: Ghostly Visions in Classical Antiquity

October 30, 2014
6:00PM7:00PM
Fullerton Hall
Free with museum admission

For the Greeks, Etruscans, and Romans, ghosts were not only described with a visually inflected vocabulary—they were also and more specifically regarded as images, whether artistic, optical, or perceptual. By looking at pictures of ghosts from a range of media and historical periods including Greek vase painting, Etruscan tomb murals, and Roman sarcophagi, Patrick Crowley, assistant professor of art history, University of Chicago, will explore how the figure of the ghost can tell us something about how the ancients understood the nature of seeing itself. 

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Sponsored by the Boshell Foundation Lecture Fund 

Eumenides painter. Detail of the ghost of Clytemnestra appearing to the Furies, 380-370 BC. Louvre Museum.