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The Statue of Zeus at Olympia Conference, University of Queensland

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Rashna Taraporewalla <[log in to unmask]>

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Classics and Ancient History Conference: The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
3-4 July 2008, University of Queensland, Australia

A conference will be held 3-4 July 2008 at the University of Queensland, 
Australia on the Statue of Zeus at Olympia. Further information is 
available via the conference website, http://www.uq.edu.au/hprc/index.html?
page=74400&pid=21736. Please contact one of the organizers, listed below, 
if you have any questions which are not addressed in this email or on the 
website.

Aims of the Conference 
i)          to produce the first comprehensive treatment of the Zeus in 
over fifty years
ii)         to extend the analysis beyond matters related to style and the 
framework provided by the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
iii)        to contemplate the Zeus as a product of religious thought 
before artistic endeavour
iv)        to combine the talents of art historians, archaeologists, 
historians and literary scholars
v)         to employ perspectives from Classical and Hellenistic Greece, 
Imperial Rome, and the Byzantine, Renaissance and Modern Periods
vi)        to contemplate the place of the Zeus in the cultural imagination 
of the ancients; to what degree was it an outstanding example of Greek 
culture? who judged it to be so? how did it compare to other examples of 
cultural output in the ancient world?


 
General Information
 
Dates
 
3-4 July 2008 (Thurs.-Fri.)
 
Venue
 
University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Brisbane. Queensland. 4072. Australia.
 
Organizers
 
Tom Stevenson ([log in to unmask])
Janette McWilliam ([log in to unmask])
Sonia Puttock ([log in to unmask])
John Whitehorne ([log in to unmask])
  
Length of Papers
 
30 minutes + 10 minutes for questions (40 minutes total)
 
Offers of Papers / Abstracts
 
We would like to receive offers of papers as soon as possible. Please 
submit abstracts (max. 100 words) to Tom Stevenson ([log in to unmask]) 
by 1 May 2008.
  
Audio-Visual Requirements
 
For those who are offering papers, please submit a detailed list of your 
audio-visual requirements to Tom Stevenson ([log in to unmask]) by 1 May 
2008. The registration form, available via the conference website 
(http://www.uq.edu.au/hprc/index.html?page=74400&pid=21736), may be used 
for this purpose. 
 
Travel and Accommodation
 
We are asking delegates to organize their own travel and accommodation for 
the duration of the conference, though we would like to help in any way 
possible. Please see the the conference website 
(http://www.uq.edu.au/hprc/index.html?page=74400&pid=21736)  for 
information on travel and accommodation, and please don’t hesitate to 
contact one of the organizers for assistance.
  

   
Suggested Topics (by no means exhaustive or prescriptive) 
1.         The importance of Zeus, Olympia, the Olympic Games. Elis and 
Pisa, the temple of Zeus.
 
2.         The commission of the statue, the expectation, the resources. 
Why choose Pheidias? Other contenders.
 
3.         Planning, construction and appearance. Why a seated statue? 
Construction techniques, Pheidias’ team (?), Pheidias’ workshop.
 
4.         Pheidias’ style. Influence of the Zeus on later statues, the 
tradition of seated statues of Zeus and others, including Roman emperors.
 
5.         Reactions to the statue in antiquity: Greek and Roman writers. A 
religious symbol, a cultural symbol, an incarnation? Religious thought.
 
6.         Care and maintenance of the statue in antiquity. The use of 
water and olive oil on chryselephantine statues. The ‘shiners’ 
(Phaidryntai), temple guards, priests. Deterioration, repairs. Ivory and 
wood, sources, unique features.
 
7.         Later history in antiquity. The question of transportation to 
Constantinople. Was this feasible? Likely? How would it have been done? 
Dismantling the Zeus. The transportation of large statues in stone is one 
thing, but the transportation of a chryselephantine giant?
 
8.         The Zeus in Constantinople. The collection of ‘Lausos’, 
destruction by fire. Byzantine aims in populating the New Rome with 
statues. Political and religious considerations. Location, display 
conditions. Was the Zeus transported?
 
9.         Renaissance and modern interest in the Zeus. Paintings, 
reconstructions, monuments (e.g. the Lincoln Memorial).
 
10.       The Zeus of Olympia and Cultural Imagination, Ancient and Modern. 
Mental frameworks, ways of conceptualizing gods and powers. Religion and 
art.

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