Kallos Gallery

19th February 2015

A Matter of Marbles

As part of Kallos Gallery’s growing Education & Outreach programme, we were proud to host Oxford University’s School of Archaeology as it showcased one of its most impressive current research projects into late antiquity, at a reception at Kallos Gallery on 5 November 2014.

‘The Last Statues of Antiquity’, a research project led by Professor R. R. R. Smith and Professor Bryan Ward-Perkins and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, has investigated the practice throughout the first centuries AD of establishing and dedicating statues in public to rulers, benefactors and notables. Although widespread, and an important aspect of political life in ancient cities, this habit had completely disappeared from the Roman world by the mid-Seventh Century AD. The project has resulted in a fully accessible and searchable online database of late antique statuary, and an accompanying book will be published in 2015.

Professor Smith’s and Professor Ward-Perkins’ talk was introduced by the Chair of the Faculty of Classics at Oxford, Professor Teresa Morgan.

Some feedback from guests:

‘….A wonderful insight and enlightening talk about the great work happening at Oxford. Thank you to the Kallos Gallery.’

‘A fascinating talk, and a cornucopia of beautiful objects to admire — and fascinating to hear about your wonderful educational activities.’

‘Excellent intellectual and gastronomic stimulation.’