Ancient Societies Wor​kshop and Core Seminar
This interdisciplinary workshop serves as a meeting ground for those who work on the ancient world at Yale, and is an important forum that allows sustained conversation about a common theme. The workshop meets once a month during the academic year, and is supplemented by the core graduate seminar in the ArchaiaPresenters include Yale faculty and graduate students, as well as occasional visiting professors. The chronological scope of the seminar extends over the first millennium BCE and up through the premodern period; issues of reception are also considered. The theme for 2016–17 is “Fakes and Forgeries”.
Schedule 2016–17. All meetings start at noon; locations will be announced. A light lunch is served.

September 16 - Mary Miller (Yale) — “The pastiche, the fake, and the authentic: from Stendahl Galleries to the world”. Starting about 1940, the Stendahl Galleries of Hollywood, California, acquired 1000s of objects of prehispanic Mexico. They sold many works to other dealers; they sold objects to the extended Hollywood scene, including John Huston, Vincent Price, Edgar G. Robinson, and Zero Mostel directly or indirectly, they sold objects to museums, among them the Gilcrease Institute, the Portland Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery. Through Stendahl and his network of other dealers, collections were formed that included exemplary materials from Aztec, Maya, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, and other cultures. But were these objects all authentic? This talk looks at some of the challenges presented by these materials today.
October 14 - Kristine Haugen (Cal Tech)
October 28 - Anders Winroth (Yale)
December 9 - Karen King (Harvard)
January 27 - Marc Van de Mieroop (Columbia)
February 17 - Irene Peiran Garrison (Yale) and Mick Hunter (Yale)
March 10 - TBA
April 14 - Jas’ Elsner (Oxford)

Materials for the current Workshop are posted on the v2 server, here:

The Core Seminar - “Fakes, Forgeries and the Making of Antiquity” (Irene Peirano Garrison and Eckart Frahm)
CLSS 815b/ANTH 531b/ARCG 531b/CPLT 547b/502b/JDST 653b/NELC 533b/RLST 803b.
Spring 2017 - Th 02:30pm—04:30pm

A comparative exploration of notions of forgery and authenticity in the ancient and premodern worlds, in a variety of civilizations (ancient Greece, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, China, India, etc.) and different political, religious, literary, and artistic contexts. Emphasis is also placed on the pivotal role played by the “authentic” in the modern era in disciplines such as philology and aesthetics, the manipulative uses of ancient history for purposes of modern nation building and identity formation, copies and reconstructions of ancient artifacts, and the role of forgeries in today’s antiquities trade.

Working papers for previous years




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