This bimonthly gathering seeks to provide a forum for faculty and students (graduate and undergraduate) of various aspects of antiquity to discuss areas of common interest, to learn about interdisciplinary projects of IU faculty, and to engage with scholars from outside I.U. whose work bridges multiple fields. While this is primarily an "in-house" series, we seek to bring in one outside speaker each semester to broaden our awareness of approaches to the ancient world.
Nick Vogt (Indiana University)
Topic: "The Royal Presence in Early Chinese Bronze Inscriptions"
The Western Zhou period of Chinese history (ca. 1045-771 BCE) is well known for its elaborate bronze vessels. With their records of royal ceremonies and gifts, inscriptions on such vessels provide the best available information about the emerging ideal of kingship and its reception by different parties with different interests. Blending distributional analysis, close reading, and art theory, this presentation explores the motivations behind depictions of the king in Western Zhou bronze inscriptions. It thereby addresses how and why inscribed bronzes became a preferred medium for the ideology of rule in early China.
Time: 2:30-4 p.m.