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Lecture: Penelope in Persepolis—The Power of Images to Stop War with an Archenemy

March 14, 2013
Morton Auditorium
Free with museum admission

This talk considers the surprising find of a classical Greek marble statue of Odysseus’s wife, Penelope, at the site of the Achaemenid Palace of Persepolis (modern Iran) and asks the questions: how, by whom, and for what purpose was this work of art brought to the residence of the Persian king.

Tonio Hölscher was professor of classical archaeology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, from 1975 to 2012. His main fields are public monuments and political iconography, the functions and uses of images in contexts of social life, ancient urbanism, and theory of culture and art. Among his many publications is The Language of Images in Roman Art, (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

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Persian, Achaemenid. Gate of All Lands, Entrance to Palace of Xerxes at Persepolis, ca. 475 B.C. Persepolis, Iran. Image ©ARTStor.