Jason Nethercut, visiting assistant professor in classics at Knox College, will present the next archaeology lecture series program at Monmouth College on March 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Morgan Room in Poling Hall.
Titled “Image and Text: Methodological Preliminaries,” the talk is free and open to the public.
Nethercut’s lecture will explore some of the pitfalls that attend interdisciplinary approaches to classical antiquity, looking especially at those that present themselves when examining the aesthetics of literary and visual textual narratives.
“The current resurgence in scholarly approaches that view antiquity through an interdisciplinary lens is welcome, especially since it reminds us that texts did not – and do not – operate in an artistic vacuum,” says Nethercut.
His lecture will look at a few test cases from the walls of Pompeii and literary descriptions of artworks from Latin epic. Through these, Nethercut says, the important differences between visual and verbal art become especially focused, “even as they encourage us to harmonize our approaches to ancient art and literature.
The lecture is sponsored by the Monmouth College classics department, in cooperation with the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA).