Barbaric splendour: the use of image before and after Rome

These Fragments


Over the last few months, my colleague Dr Wendy Morrison and I have been organising a conference to be held at the University of Oxford’s Department of Continuing Education on the 14th November 2015.  The name of our day conference is Barbaric splendour: the use of image before and after Rome.  As the title indicates, we want to take a comparative approach to how archaeologists explore the visual cultures of peoples referred to by the classical world as ‘barbarians’.  Appropriately, therefore, our conference is all about bringing together scholars and students of the Late Iron Age and Early Medieval Periods.  This is a subject that has been of some interest to me for a long time.  Similarities between the artistic styles, subjects and contexts of the two periods are considerable and though they have often been casually observed, as far as I am aware, they have not been previously explored…

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3 thoughts on “Barbaric splendour: the use of image before and after Rome”

    1. I agree. The horse and rider and pagan symbology surrounding the figures really tells a story about the relationship (almost symbiosis) between horses and the peoples of the pre and post-Roman era. I love the workmanship of both pieces, barbarians, the engraver’s were not.

      1. Exactly! So much of the art from the so called barbarians of Europe was quite beautiful. Anything with horses will lure me in, and I totally understand the deep connection felt by so many with horses. Such a magical animal in its own way!

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