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Matt Thompson

PhD Student, Faculty of Arts

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Research Summary

My research project is an examination of the appearance, location, and impact of visual monuments (triumphant and commemorative) built by (or, occasionally, for) the Spartans from the Archaic through… read more

Current Research

My research project is an examination of the appearance, location, and impact of visual monuments (triumphant and commemorative) built by (or, occasionally, for) the Spartans from the Archaic through to the late Hellenistic period. By developing and applying an interdisciplinary methodology drawing on phenomenology and landscape archaeology, visual semiotics and cultural memory studies in conjunction with literary and archaeological evidence the form and placement of Spartan visual monuments will be evaluated with regard to intended audiences, anticipated response and political and cultural impact. Comparisons from other Greek city states and beyond will allow determination of whether and to what extent the Spartans were unique, innovative, or reactionary in their use and possible manipulation of visual monuments. Finally, the 'Spartan' quality of the material and practices will be analysed to see to what extent they add to, or challenge, the developing view of Sparta and the 'Spartan mirage'.

Department of Classics and Archaeology

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