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Sandra Strahlendorf

Sandra Strahlendorf

Supervisor: Professor Robin Osborne

College: Christ's College

Title of thesis (preliminary): Eastern Greek grave stelai. Urban identity and civic representation in Asia Minor during the Hellenistic period.


Biography:

  • BA Classical Archaeology (2009-2015), Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, First
  • MA Classical Archaeology (2015-2018), Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and University of Leipzig, Distinction
  • PhD Classics (2019-), Christ's College, University of Cambridge

I was always interested in the ways in which identity and status (gender, class, ethnos etc.) are communicated through iconography and visual narratives, particularly in Greek antiquity. The ability of individuals and communities to create a visual language that is understood by a large body of people (e.g. citizens of other poleis) but at the same time holds more detailed information for members of their own peer group, fascinates me. My thesis attempts to explain how civic and personal identity can be expressed on Greek funerary stelai from Asia Minor by analysing the iconographic language of the reliefs. It examines by which means different poleis use common iconographic themes and patterns to create new visual representations of their distinct values, and how individual citizens pictured themselves within this public framework to create a specific monument to their own memory.

Research Interests

  • Identity and status in ancient art
  • Evolution of iconographic traditions
  • Gender and body

Upcoming events

Illustrating Ancient History: Bringing the Past to the Present

Nov 03, 2020

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA

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