31 January 2017
Join us for our annual Friends of the Nicholson Museum Cream Tea and Lecture, The Icon of Dionysus by Professor Eric Csapo.
The ancient festival of the Dionysia at Athens is well known for its competitions in tragedy and comedy. More ancient and at least equally loved was the magnificent carnival procession that initiated the festival. We will examine representations of Dionysus’ sacred icon to show how its details merge with a tumult of Dionysian symbols designed to express the god’s essential nature in the interplay of two concepts: possession, and the merger of opposites.
Please note that this event was originally advertised for the 24th of January, 2017.
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