Hellenistic Art in the Eastern Mediterranean w. Dr Jane Masséglia

The Hellenistic period brought increased variety and diversity in art in the Mediterranean. Archaeologist and ancient historian, Dr Jane Masséglia, Lecturer, University of Leicester, joins the show to discuss art in the Hellenistic period in eastern part of the Mediterranean Basin.

Some topics explored

  • What the Hellenistic period is
  • Defining art in the period—topics explored includes authenticity, diversity, etc.
  • King Alexander III of Macedon’s (also known to many as Alexander the Great) death
  • Alexander III’s favourite sculptor, Lysippos
  • Why it wasn’t popular to create art to produce art to represent the world as it is
  • Figurines and their relationship to entertain piety and secularity
  • Hellenistic burials of children and figurines being discovered enclosed
  • Lost Wax Technique (invented in an earlier period) and it being prominently used in the Hellenistic period
  • Honorific statues
  • Artwork in a funerary setting
  • Older age, race, and more, being represented in Greek art
  • The Hellenistic period city of Priene (an archaeological site in modern day Greece)
  • The Greek Island of Delos in the Hellenistic period
  • Most of the examples cited are from Greece, Asia Minor, and Egypt

Listen to the episode

The episode can be streamed below and is also available on major podcast apps: Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Amazon Music.

Show Notes

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