Saturday, April 5, 2008

Roman Religion


Yes... Roman Religion, that's what I'm currently studying and its also why I've neglected this blog so much.. Oh, and also because of Facebook and MySpace - in fact primarily because of those sites! Anyway, yes, I'm doing Roman Religion this semester and it is absolutely fascinating. In fact I specifically went to this university in 2004 as a mature age student order to study Roman Religion, but couldn't get round to it until this year (it wasn't offered, or I wasn't able to do it in other years). Last year I sat in on the 2nd/3rd year Roman Religion lectures but didn't do the essay work, as I was only sitting in... this year the content is a bit different, plus its a 4th year subject. So far I seem to be focussing on the scandal of the Bacchanalia of 186 BCE, the Vestal Virgins, and I'm not entirely sure what else. I like landscape, like the sacred aspects of the city of Rome... Yeah, I'll have to see what else takes my fancy. I'm also sitting in on New Kingdom Egypt and the World Beyond, because you can never know too much about Egypt, can you. Last week I helped at the DAIS conference, which was an international conference on Bronze Age Aegean feasting practices. Interesting! In 2010 the theme will be textiles and jewellry and it'll be held in Denmark. Gee, I might even be able to come up with a paper for that, possibly on votive garments.

4 comments:

Caroline Tully said...

I CAN'T believe that no one is commenting on this picture????

Doesn't anyone have anything to say about it?

I for one think it is quite confronting, initially because the female figure looked underage, but I don't think she is mean to be, but she looks it, hence when i first saw it I was like "Oh... um, gee.. should she be doing that?"

David said...

What's that she's got in her right hand? Just a hank of hair?

Anonymous said...

Re... should 'she' be doing... 'that'... of course... but I do wonder why 'she'... My interpretation is that the figure is a boy/pan character... rather than a girl/pan character.

Well, it would have been nice for you to post the whole frieze, and not just a snippet...

After nearly 2000 years of pretty much 'sex' negativity, it should come as no surprise that a question of some 'pan like creature' grabbing an erect amorous herm...

If this is the sarcophagus that I'm thinking of, in many book drawings the more sexually explicit elements have not been 'drawn' in.

As it was, I ran across this image looking for the whole sarcophagus image...

Caroline Tully said...

No, they are female satyrs.