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Asian-Greek Identity on the Telephos Frieze from the Great Altar at Pergamon - Kristen Seaman

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 11:00am to 12:00pm

Lawrence Hall, 241 1190 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, OR

The Telephos Frieze originally encircled the inner courtyard of the Great Altar at Pergamon, which was constructed during the reign of Attalid King Eumenes II (r., 197-158 B.C.E.).  The frieze illustrates the life story of the mythical hero Telephos.  This paper explores how the frieze uses rhetorical techniques to construct a synkrisis, or comparison, between the lives of Telephos and Eumenes II with a view to emphasizing their similarities, including their complex Asian-Greek cultural identity, and amplifying the virtues of Eumenes II's form of Greek kingship.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Colloquium


College of Design, Department of the History of Art and Architecture

Target Audience

All Students, Faculty/Staff, Graduate Students




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