ANATOLIAN STUDIES VIRTUAL SEMINAR SERIES: Caracalla and the Divine: Emperor Worship and Representation in the Visual Language of Roman Asia Minor

01 December 2020 16:00 to 17:30 | Online

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An Anatolian Studies Virtual Seminar with Dario Calomino (Warwick University).

Tuesday 1st December 2020 | 16:00-17:30 (London UTC) | 19:00-20:30 (Ankara UTC+3) | Online

This talk explores the visual language adopted in the cities of Asia Minor to represent the emperor Caracalla in the years 214–216, which he spent travelling between the Anatolian region, Egypt and the Near East. It discusses the imagery designed to express Caracalla's relation with the divine through the overlapping representations of the emperor as a devotee and peer of the gods, and as a divine being. The talk focuses in particular on the imagery introduced in Asia Minor to represent the worship of the living Roman emperor and his cult-image, providing insights into the creation of extraordinary visual patterns that remained unique to the reign of Caracalla.

Dario Calomino is a Research Fellow in the Department of Classics and Ancient History since 2017. Before joining Warwick University, he worked at the British Museum Department of Coins and Medals as a British Academy Newton Research Fellow in 2012-2013 and as a Project Curator in 2014-2017. He is specialised in Greek and Roman Numismatics and his main fields of interest rest within Roman history, the economic history of the ancient world, the political and cultural life of the provincial cities of the Roman Empire and the development of visual culture in the Greek and Roman worlds.


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