Today we continue to explore modern constructions of east and west with Thierry Petit, who discusses the origins and significance of the Sphinx in the ancient Mediterranean.
This week as we continue to explore modern constructions of east and west, we take a look at the work of Adam DiBattista who studies the creation and use of objects made from durable animal remains in ancient Greece.
For the first blog post in our month-long exploration of “east” and “west,” Jessica Nowlin explores the history of the term “orientalization” in Italy, and how abandoning the term could change how we conceive of the ancient Mediterranean as a whole.
In November we reflect on our conceptions of “east” and “west” through a series of blog posts investigating cross-cultural interaction in the ancient world and modern interpretations of it. We start with a post by our blog editor, Megan Daniels, on the ancient city of Naukratis and its role in 19th-century western European imaginations.