The Image as Boundary - an international conference

University College, Durham, 9th and 10th July 2007

‘The Image as Boundary’ conference will provide a forum for discussion between scholars of ancient images at all levels of their career. It will provide an environment for a number of scholars working on diverse fields to consider their work on images within a wider context.

The conference will explore the ways in which images could be seen as important boundaries in antiquity. It will discuss recent research on the image as a physical object in the ancient world, and literary constructions of images. Papers address the social, cultural, and religious space occupied by images in antiquity; the form and function of human relationships with images; ancient discourses on the boundaries of and/or occupied by images; and the life of images.


Monday 9th July

2.15pm Welcome (Polly Weddle)

2.30 - 3.15pm Paola Ceccarelli (Durham) ‘Of boundaries and their crossing’
(Chair: Polly Weddle)

3.15pm Break

3.30 - 4.15pm Joannis Mylonopoulos (Erfurt) ‘Cult statues “behind bars”: barriers in Greek temples’
4.15 – 5pm Andrej Petrović (Durham) ‘Statues in chains’
(Chair: Peter Rhodes)

5 - 5.30pm Refreshments

5.30 - 6.15pm Verity Platt (Chicago) ‘Kicking at the boundaries: the semantics of divine feet’
6.15 – 7pm Valentino Gasparini (Siena) ‘Simulacrum Isidis’
(Chair: Eric Varner)

8pm Dinner at Durham Castle

Tuesday 10th July

9 - 9.45am Ivana Petrović (Durham) ‘A statue in transgression’
9.45 - 10.30am Polly Weddle (Durham) ‘A statue in transition’
(Chair: Joannis Mylonopoulos)

10.30 – 11am Refreshments

11 - 11.45am Paula James (Open University) and Annie Ravenhill Johnson
‘Strange Bedfellows: Classical culture and class consciousness’
11.45am - 12.30pm Alessandra Bravi (Heidelberg) ‘Changing images of Aphrodite in public spaces between Late Antiquity and the Byzantine age’
(Chair: Tony Birley)

12.30pm Lunch (Durham Castle)

1.30 - 2.15pm Erika Manders (Nijmegen) ‘Images of power in the third century AD’
2.15 – 3pm Eric Varner (Emory) ‘Pushing portrait boundaries: identity and agency in altered Roman images’
(Chair: Ted Kaizer)

3pm Conference closure

The conference is sponsored by The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, the Durham University Arts Research Board, and the Department of Classics and Ancient History of the University of Durham.

All papers, accommodation, and meals will be at University College, Durham (Durham Castle).
Conference fee: £15 waged; £10 students and unwaged.
Dinner, breakfast, lunch, and accommodation in Durham Castle: £55
Individual meals can be booked at the following rates: Lunch: £9.50; Dinner £15

A small number of graduate bursaries are available through the support of the SPHS, please apply to: polly.weddle AT

Please send cheques (payable to Durham University) to:
Image as Boundary Conference
c/o Polly Weddle or Ted Kaizer
Department of Classics and Ancient History
University of Durham
38 North Bailey

For more information, please contact:
Polly Weddle at: polly.weddle AT
or Ted Kaizer at: ted.kaizer AT