Lecture Series - Ancient Sculpture: The Changing Face of Beauty

February 16, 2021

If you are unable to attend the live sessions, do not worry - all those who register will automatically be sent copies of the lectures to view in your own time (from around four hours after they take place).  Further details on how to register can be found at the end of this newsletter.

It is a basic human instinct to create a likeness of the human form; figurines have been made since Palaeolithic times. Let Gillian Hovell take you on a journey through the changing face of beauty; travel through the millennia, encountering some of the most beautiful works of art ever made, and discover how each civilisation created its own symbolic, visual and self-conscious self-expression. Gillian will deliver two lectures on 16 & 17 February 2021 at 11am.

 GH Ancient S Lecture 1 4500 4000 BC Cycladic fat MetMus OA     

Tuesday 16 February 2021 at 11am

Lecture 1 – Sculpture Takes Shape: Cycladic, Egyptian & Greek Genius
Neolithic Cycladic culture in the Aegean islands created the first large-scale sculpture 6,000 years ago. By the time of the Pyramids, the Egyptians were carving their own distinctive impressive figures; marvel at their scale and beauty, purpose and power. Learn how and why the innovative archaic Greeks redesigned this in their own image, and how the Phoenicians combined the two. Contrast these with the might and message of Assyrian and Persian sculpture. We enter the extraordinary world of Classical sculpture; from the evolving Severe/Early Classical style, to a naturalistic representation ... the Classical Greeks writers even defined beauty.


Wednesday 17 February 2021 at 11am
Lecture 2 – Heading West: Roman Innovation in Sculpture
Lecture 2 continues by taking us west, to the Italic lands of the Etruscans and the Roman Republic. Influenced but not defined by Greek art, the Etruscans developed a sculptural style all their own. The Roman Republic strove to etch its own separate identity in stone but, as the wealth of the expanding empire changed ambitions, the purpose and styles of sculpture changed too. Between them all, western sculpture had taken shape.
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 Gillian Hovell 344x395   Gillian, professionally known as 'The Muddy Archaeologist', is an Author, Ancient Historian, Archaeologist and Latin expert. Having personally excavated on sites ranging from Pompei and Hadrian's Wall from the Roman period to prehistoric sites across the UK, Gillian is now using her expertise to communicate ancient history to a wider audience not only on tours - including CICERONI's travels - but in online courses, lectures and courses in person (nationally and internationally) and in the media.

Please go to www.muddyarchaeologist.co.uk to find more details.


Format for Lecture


Gillian will give two one-hour illustrated lectures for £19. During the lecture you will have the chance to submit written questions which Gillian will answer at the end - if time permits.

You will not need to download any software and the lecture will work in any browser. For the best experience use a desktop or laptop - but it will also work on an iPad or similar tablet. You will be also able to re-watch or watch a recording after the lecture.

Register for Lectures - 16 & 17 February at 11am

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