Antiquities Circle Lecture: How a Roman buys his casket
6:30p reception, 7:00p lecture, followed by Q&A in gallery
Lecture free for members and students; not-yet-members $5 for lecture and gallery access. RSVP requested to Michele.Laws@TampaMuseum.org or 813.421.6631.
The lion sarcophagus on view in Tampa poses many intriguing questions for modern viewers. Was this large marble casket produced for a specific client, or prepared for an assumed market? Where did the marble come from, how was it transported, and how was it carved? Was its decoration distinctive or conventional? What did the lion hunt mean in the context of one’s tomb? And what – if anything – does its imagery tell us about the Romans’ thoughts about death and what followed? Such questions help us to understand this ancient work of sculpture, and allow us to engage with the mentality and mores of antiquity.