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Lecture by Dr. Despina Ignatiadou, Deputy Director of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

10.12.2013
The National Institute of Archaeology with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (NIAM-BAS) is pleased to invite you to a lecture by Dr. Despina Ignatiadou, Deputy Director of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.

The lecture is entitled "Royal identities and hidden symbolism in the Vergina lion-hunt painting" and will be held on December 10, 2013, at 16.00 in the Board Hall of NIAM-BAS, 1 Atanas Burov Square (entrance from the site of Presidency).
 
More information about Dr. Despina Ignatiadou can be found here.

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Royal identities and hidden symbolism in the Vergina lion-hunt painting
Dr Despina Ignatiadou

The painted frieze on the façade of the Tomb of Philip is considered a landmark in ancient Greek painting. Its interpretation fueled many scholarly feuds as it is directly linked to the identity of the deceased.
 
Of the ten figures in the mural, only three are dressed in purple; the color that indicated the depiction of gods, heroes, and kings. Since the former do not apply, the issue is the identification of three kings, and the moment in time at which they were depicted. Additionally, the combination of hunted animals is perplexing as those reside in different natural habitats and they could not be actually hunted in the same place.
 
Yet, would the depiction of a hunt, in a wild animal refuge or even a sacred grove, be adequate funerary praise for the political and military genius of Philip? This interpretation suggests that the hunt functions as a symbolism for the narration of the king’s campaigns, political connections and even religious beliefs.


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