Public evening lecture by Professor Dr. Anja Klöckner (University of Frankfurt, Institute for Archaeological Sciences)
as part of the international symposium "Rethinking the living environment: approaches and concepts for the reconstruction of ancient living environments from Augustan times to late antiquity"
Roman domestic culture was characterized by an enormous wealth of ornamentation and imagery. Rooms were decorated with sculptures, floors with mosaics, walls with paintings and furniture with depictions of all kinds. This is particularly tangible for us in Pompeii and the other settlements buried by Vesuvius. The paintings in the houses of the Vesuvius towns referenced the lives of their inhabitants and at the same time discursivized contemporary norms and values. Above all, however, they visually shaped cultural, social and religious places of action and thus created specific living environments. The lecture will use significant examples to show how the furnishings of houses and rooms created semantically charged ambiences and shaped the perception of the people who lived in them. One focus will be on images from the area of cult and ritual, which have rarely been discussed in this context to date.
Anja Klöckner studied Classical Archaeology, Latin and Greek Studies in Bonn and Munich. She received her doctorate in Bonn in 1994. She was an assistant in Saarbrücken and a scholarship holder at the DAI Athens. Her habilitation in 2004 was followed by a professorship in Greifswald and a visiting scholarship at the Getty Institute in Los Angeles. In 2007, she became Professor of Classical Archaeology at Justus Liebig University Giessen before accepting an appointment at Goethe University Frankfurt in 2016. In the 2019/20 academic year, she conducted research as a senior fellow at the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald.
Moderation: Dr. Philipp Pilhofer (Rostock)