The Nativity scene is one of the most quintessential images of the Christmas season. But where did it come from, and did it always look the way it does today? Follow along with Peopling the Past member, Dr. Sabrina Higgins, expert in early Christian art and iconography, as she traces the strange and wondrous emergence of the Nativity scene in antiquity.
Dr. Katherine Blouin discusses the cult of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt, including the worship of Isis beyond Egypt and the textual evidence provided in the “Hymn to Isis” recovered from the site of Oxyrhynchus.
On this episode of the Peopling the Past Podcast, we are joined by Sanchita Balachandran, Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum.
Listen in, as she speaks to us about the sensory experience of ancient potters and painters, her experimental archaeology project at Johns Hopkins, and the underdrawings on Greek painted pottery.
Dr. Jitse Dijkstra discusses graffiti in the ancient Mediterranean, including the religious use of graffiti as a form of personal piety in ancient Egypt.
On this episode of the Peopling the Past Podcast, we are joined by Dr. Lana Radloff, Sessional Lecturer in the Department of Classical Studies at Bishop’s University.
Listen in, as she discusses her research on seascapes, the ancient sensory experience of the Mediterranean, and the city of Miletus.
In the eighth instalment of our video series, Dr. Hannah Lau discusses zooarchaeology and the study of animal domesticates in Bronze Age Azerbaijan, including subsistence strategies, animal husbandry, and animal burial in tombs.
On Episode #10 of the Peopling the Past Podcast, we are joined by Susan Matheson, the Molly and Walter Barreis Curator of Ancient Art at the Yale University Art Gallery.
Listen in, as we discuss old age and the ways in which the elderly are depicted in ancient Greek art. Notably, Susan Matheson takes us through the varying portrayals of elderly men and women and how these differences manifest across discrete media, especially vase painting and sculpture.
In the seventh instalment of our video series, Dr. Rebecca Futo Kennedy discusses migrant women in the ancient Greek world, including evidence for their occupation and status, as well as how we study where women in the ancient world emigrated from and immigrated to.
On this episode of the Peopling the Past Podcast, we talk with Dr. Jennifer Stager, an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of History of Art, whose research interests include color and materiality, feminisms, multilinguality and cultural exchange, ancient Greek and Roman medicine, and classical receptions.
Join us, as we delve into Dr. Stager’s exciting research on polychromy in the ancient Mediterranean, especially the use of colour on Greek statues.