Stelae as vehicles of expression: A regional study of gravestones from inland Asia Minor during the first and early second century AD

Cutten, Henry J. L. (2021) Stelae as vehicles of expression: A regional study of gravestones from inland Asia Minor during the first and early second century AD. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

This thesis investigates the expression of identity on funerary gravestones from 3 inland regions of Asia Minor during the early Imperial period. I focus on how the stela form functioned as a vehicle through which meaning was articulated and explore what was significant to contemporary inhabitants in the articulation and projection of their identity. My examinations consider the context behind this expression, accounting for a variety of influencing factors, in addition to self-agency. Through this analysis, I aim to determine how and why there appears to be homogeneity in appearance and expression across the catalogue (over definable areas), and what this suggests about the details communicated.

To start, this study will review current and previous approaches to funerary commemoration, viewer interactions with memorials, provincial, cultural exchange, and the construction (and negotiation) of identity. Next, I ascertain what was significant in the projection of identity for contemporary inhabitants and analyse the visual components on the stelae, identifying how they communicated with the viewer (what is transmitted, how, and why). I then consider the impact of contemporary production processes in defining the expression made.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Bowden, William
Gallou, Chrysanthi
Keywords: Funerary gravestones; Stelae; Identity
Subjects: D History - General and Old World > DS Asia
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities
Item ID: 65419
Depositing User: Cutten, Henry
Date Deposited: 30 May 2022 08:27
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2022 12:24
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/65419

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