Arheo-Media: formation, transmission and transformation of images
and texts in Greco-Roman era with special regard to the use of
polychromy in the Carpathian-Danubian-Pontic area


NCSRHE Project TE 113 (2010-2013) in the frame of PN II (2007-2013) Human Resources

The study of the so-called power of the image, of the social, economic and cultural implication given in the Antiquity to the monuments bearing depictions, as genuine communicatrions tools like today’s mass-media, builds the major task of the proposed project. The project pursues te study of the interdependence between image (as visual historical source) and written information as well as of the dialectic between depiction and its meaning to the ancient viewer.

The last decades brought among the scholars increase recognition to the role played by colour in ancient architecture and sculpture. The realistic approach on the colouring practices in Antiquity, mentioned in the literature since the 18th century, is relatively young, due especially to the pluridisciplinary analyses.

The new approach of this project is the study of the role and significance given to the represenation and to the monuments as a whole (temple, public building, votive or funerary monument) at the moment of its display and for the community in the area of its initial location. This is even more possible in case of known archaeological context of recovery and if further written information (inscription and/or ancient descriptions) is available. The observation of the ancient behaviour appears more eloquent in regard to the chosen shapes, to the used techniques, to the selection, transformation and execution of the representation as well as to the choice of location, all depending on criteria raised by the provenience/origin of the population, the cultural and social milieu (of origin or of adoption). The archaeological investigation and the pure technical, pluridisciplinary research are going to be completed by the iconographical studies, valorising all kinds of sources (written, numismatic etc.).

Academia Română
Institutul de Arheologie "Vasile Pârvan"
str. Henri Coandă 11, RO-010667 Bucureşti

Terms and conditions

Consiliul Naţional al Cercetării Ştiinţifice
din Invăţământul Superior

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