The Art History Department Speaker Series
2019 Fall Semester
Wednesday 16 October
5:00 PM in FA 143
Research Associate and Curator
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU
“Quo vadis? Mapping and Wayfinding in Ancient Rome”
The conceptualization of the ancient Greco-Roman universe was first formulated in the 6th century BCE by pre-Socratic philosophers. In studying the shape and size of the Earth, they developed the fundamentals of topography and cartography, the sciences of recording the surface of the terrain through drawings, as we still know them today. Topographical theories were also applied to everyday problem-solving such as mapping land and sea routes, recording public and private lands, and promoting specific political agendas. In all these instances, the resulting representations of places presented a distorted and schematized version of geographic and topographic elements, transforming those regions on both a conceptual and a physical level. This talk focuses on wayfinding, analyzing the role of Roman itinerariain the understanding of personal and public space, the conceptualization of hypothetical movement as a primary factor around which all spatial relations were built, and the emergence of a communal geographic standpoint that subsumed spatial differences to promote geographic standardization.
Roberta Casagrande-Kim(PhD, Columbia University) is a specialist in Roman funerary practices and beliefs in the afterlife, late Antique urbanism, and Greco-Roman mapping. She has worked extensively in archeological excavations in Italy, Israel, and Turkey, and has served as the Assistant Field Director at the Amheida excavations in Egypt since 2010.
Cosponsored by Classical and Near Eastern Studies