Poster announcing Archaeological Institute of America lecture at Dickinson College November 6, 2014

AIA lecture at Dickinson College, November 6, 2014

Archaeological Institute of America

Dickinson College is home to the South Pennsylvania Society chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America, and each year sponsors two lectures, one during the fall semester and one during the spring semester. 

Lectures begin at 6:30pm, and are held in Denny Hall, room #317.

These lectures are free and open to the public.

2014-2015 Lecture Schedule:

Thursday, November 6, 2014 --  "The Un-Heroic in Archaic Greek Art"

Lecturer:  Thomas Carpenter, Charles J. Ping Professor of Humanities, Professor of Classics, Ohio University

 A review of early scenes depicting episodes from the Epic Cycle confirms what has long been known, that non-Homeric scenes were more common than Homeric ones in archaic art. What is surprising, however, is the emphasis there on “un-heroic” and even sacrilegious episodes – the rape of Kassandra, the murder of Troilos, the death of Astyanax and the suicide of Ajax to name a few - rather than on heroic duels and the like.  These “un-heroic” scenes would not have maintained their popularity had they not spoken to the patrons who obtained them. What about the scenes attracted the patrons?  Did they have broad moral implications? How might this change our understanding of archaic Greek perceptions of the “heroic?”  To address these questions we also have to keep in mind that epic subjects chosen by Cycladic, Laconian and Corinthian artisans are often quite different from those chosen by Attic vase painters.

Short bibliography on lecture topic:

Ahlberg-Cornell, G. Myth and Epos in Early Greek Art: Representation and Interpretation. Jonsered, 1992
Anderson, M. The Fall of Troy in Early Greek Poetry and Art. Oxford, 1997
Lowenstam, S. As Witnessed by Images: The Trojan War Tradition in Greek and Etruscan Art. Baltimore, 2008
Snodgrass, A. Homer and the Artists. Cambridge, 1998



Thursday, February 9, 2015 -- "The Archaeology of Escape, Survival, or Assimilation-PoW choices"

Lecturer:  David R. Bush, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, Heidelberg University

Historical and archaeological evidence from the Johnson's Island Civil War Military Prison (Sandusky Bay, Lake Erie, Ohio) allows examination of the choices PoWs had during the American Civil War. Over 10,000 Confederate Officers were imprisoned at this island between 1862 through 1865. Newly confined Confederate officers had to cope with thoughts about survival, escape, or assimilation. This well illustrated presentation summarizes the results of twenty-five years of research exploring prisoners attempting to cope with these choices through the archaeological and historical records. The archaeological record provides the untold story of PoW existence and the historical accounts help tell their story in their own words.

Short bibliography and website on lecture topic:

Bush, David. I Fear I Shall Never Leave This Island: Life in a Civil War Prison. University Press of Florida, 2011
Bush, David. "Doing Time-How Confederate POWs weathered captivity," in The Archaeology of War, Mark Rose ed. 2005
Bush, David.  "Interpreting the Latrines of the Johnson's Island Civil War Military Prison," Historical Archaeology. 34(1):62:78.. 2000.
Frohman, Charles. Rebels on Lake Erie. Columbus, Ohio-Ohio Historical Society, 1965.

Website:  Johnson's Civil War Military Prison