UCI Classics Works in Progress Series - 'Europa on the Asteas Krater from Paestum' by Christy Cones, Feb 23 @ 3PM
Department: ClassicsDate and Time: February 23, 2016 | 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
Event Location: KH 400D
This talk will explore a relatively well-known south Italian vase painting from the middle 4th century BC. It forms part of a larger project on visual and literary depictions of Europa. The vase was once located in the Getty Villa Malibu, but recently has been repatriated to the National Museum in Paestum, Italy. I will focus on the central image of Europa and the bull, while also considering the flanking figures of Zeus, Crete, Hermes, Aphrodite, Adonis, and Scylla, as well as the
reverse scene of a Dionysian thiasos, in order to fully appreciate the significance of the visual program. Crucial to my interpretation will be the vessel's importance in funerals and weddings. I will contextualize the vase painting, both with respect to other south Italian and mainland Greece depictions, while considering this unique adaptation of a pan-Mediterranean mythological theme.