Bronzes in the ancient world – from over-lifesize sculptures to small-scale utilitarian objects – were an omnipresent and integral part of everyday public and private life. Bronze was also a valuable resource. From a scientific point of view, recent decades have seen new methods of analysis to reconstruct the production processes of ancient bronzes. At the same time, research on ancient bronze sculpture continues to rely on art historical theories and methodologies in discussions of style and chronology. Irrespective of the nature of the object – be it sculpture, tool, or weapon – role and function must be studied in conjunction with the archaeological context with which the objects were once associated. The proceedings of the XXth International Congress on Ancient Bronzes address these key topics, bringing together experts from different backgrounds to investigate further the developing studies in the field of ancient bronzes.
Philipp Baas studied Classical Archaeology and History in Bochum, Rome and Göttingen. He finished his PhD on rural Roman Sicily in 2013. Since then he has worked at museums and universities in Göttingen, Kassel and Tübingen. His research focuses on Roman settlement patterns, Hellenistic and Roman art, and the reception of classical art.
Contributors: Stefania Agnoletti, Cristina-Georgeta Alexandrescu, Emilia Banou, Nova Barrero Martín, Giulia Bison, Maryse Blet-Lemarquand, Margherita Bolla, Annalena Brini, Nicola Bruni, Andrea Cagnini, Marina Castoldi, Paul Craddock, Kosmas A. Dafas, Sophie Decamps-Lequime, Fabiano Fiorello Di Bella, Daphni Doepner, Fabio Fazzini, Norbert Franken, Nicoletta Frapiccini, Stamatis A. Fritzilas, Johanna Fuchs, Monica Galeotti, Alessandra Giumlia-Mair, Nadezda Gulyaeva, Nino Kalandadze, Philip Kiernan, Gunvor Lindström, Rossella Luciano, Jeffrey Maish, Cristina Isabel Mena Méndez, Benoît Mille, Manuela Mirschenz, Francesca Morandini, Giulia Morpurgo, José María Murciano Calles, Trinidad Nogales Basarrate, Rachel Nouet, Vana Orfanou, Omid Oudbashi, Ilyas Özşen, Silvia Pacifico, Aikaterini Panagopoulou, András Patay-Horváth, Anna Patera, John Pollini, Simone Porcinai, Nancy Psalti, Eva Riediker-Liechti, Rafael Sabio González, David Saunders, Roland Schwab, Beat Schweizer, Zetta Theodoropoulou Polychroniadis, Mikhail T reister, Antonia Tzortzatou, Maciej Wacławik, Marc Walton, Joachim Weidig, Jean-Marie Welter, Frank Willer, Gerhard Zimmer
‘This volume contains the very latest news on classical bronzes. Since 1970, International Bronze Congresses have been the major forum for disclosing current research on the bronzes of the ancient world. The Proceedings of the 20th Congress (Tübingen, 2018) contain 40 papers about recent discoveries, new approaches, and developing ideas, presented by international scholars with varied approaches to archaeology, art history, technology, and conservation. Topics range from belt-buckles to statues, from inscriptions to helmets, from ancient repairs to recycled metals, from iconography to tomography, from Greece to Luristan, and from the Bronze Age to the Late Roman period.’ Carol C. Mattusch, George Mason University emerita