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Caracalla and the Divine: Emperor Worship and Representation in Roman Asia Minor

Caracalla and the Divine: Emperor Worship and Representation in Roman Asia Minor

Online | The seminar will be held via Zoom

01 December 2020 16:00 to 17:30

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.

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Representing the Hidden Heritages of the Greek Communities of Istanbul

Representing the Hidden Heritages of the Greek Communities of Istanbul

Online | The lecture will be held via Zoom

15 December 2020 16:00 to 17:30

A BIAA Online Lecture by Gönül Bozoğlu (Newcastle University)

Discussant: Ayhan Kaya (Bilgi University)

Tuesday 15th December 2020 | 16:00-17:30 (London UTC) | 19:00-20:30 (Ankara UTC+3) | Online

The minority Greek (‘Rum’) communities of Istanbul have endured hardships including 20th-century developments such as the Wealth Tax, the 1955 Pogrom (Septemvriana), and forced displacement. Now, the Rum population in Istanbul is drastically reduced but still vibrant, and there are diaspora communities in Greece – particularly Athens. The communities have little recognition in official heritage and are now ageing, with the consequent risk of a loss of heritage and memory. In my ethnographic research, I seek to understand Rum memory cultures and to remediate this through a digital memory map and film, valorizing personal, affective, and individual understandings of heritage, building a community resource, and creating platforms to promote wider historical awareness of this little-known history. 

Keywords: Culture; Greek; Rum; Istanbul

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