For the ancient Greeks, all types of water had a divine spirit that was both a manifestation and a protector of its source. This understanding of water in visual and sacred terms, I argue, leads to a more sustainable relationship with the natural world. In this lecture, I examine the Greek visual language of water and trace its political and material changes with the introduction of the Roman aqueduct. This change shifted the culture from thinking about and picturing water as sacred and divinely inhabited to being considered a resource and a commodity — ultimately affecting attitudes about environmental stewardship and sustainable practices.
Dr. Cecelia Feldman has dedicated her career to the study and presentation of ancient Greek and Roman art and material culture. Trained as an archaeologist, Cecelia has worked at some of the most spectacular ancient sites, including Pompeii (Italy), Ephesus (Turkey), and Petra (Jordan). She has published and presented widely in art and archaeology and has also appeared in television and documentaries in order to reach a broader audience. As a curator, she aims to make the ancient world accessible and exciting, proving that it is still relevant to life in the 21st century.
The Antiquities Circle presents lectures throughout the year that celebrate the Museum’s collection of Ancient Greek and Roman antiquities. We draw in scholars from around the country to discuss their expertise or share new discoveries in ancient art.
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Image: Statue of Poseidon/Neptune, Roman, 1st century AD (Flavian [AD 69–96]?). Marble; H. 62.2 inches (158 cm). Tampa Museum of Art, Joseph Veach Noble Collection, 1986.135.