College of Arts and Sciences

Ancient Studies

Colloquia Series

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.

Spring 2018

February 2
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.

Location: Ballantine Hall 247
Time: 2:30-4 p.m.

Previous Outside Speakers:

  • Matt Simonton (Arizona State University)
  • Gary Farney (Rutgers University)
  • Björn and Jeannette Forsén (The Finnish Institute at Athens)
  • James Francis (University of Kentucky)
  • Richard Frye (Harvard University)
  • Campbell Grey (University of Chicago)
  • Clayton Jefford (St. Meinrad School of Theology)
  • Noel Lenski (University of Colorado)
  • John Matthews (Yale University)
  • Scott McGill (Rice University)
  • Martha Nussbaum (University of Chicago)
  • James O'Donnel (Georgetown University)
  • Josiah Osgood (Georgetown University)
  • Raymond Person (Ohio Northern University)
  • Laurajane Smith (Australian National University)
  • Dennis Trout (University of Missouri-Columbia)
  • Dov Weiss (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Terry G. Wilfong (University of Michigan)