Parthian Art and The Graeco-Roman World

photo of hatra nergal by diana siebrandt cc1 0 universal

Photo of Hatra Nergal by Diana Siebrandt cc1 0 universal

We are now taking reservations for the CARC annual workshop on 3 and 4 October 2024, which this year turns to ancient Iran under the umbrella of our #AncientArtConnections theme.

You can book for free, either for in-person or Zoom attendance, via our Eventbrite page. (Note that you do not need to register with Eventbrite or print out your ticket.) The provisional programme is on our website but we predict changes, so keep an eye on this page for the latest information.

This hybrid workshop, hosted in the Ioannou Centre, Oxford with an online audience via Zoom, will address unresolved questions about the identity of Parthian art and its complex relationship with the classical tradition. Ranging from the origins of the Arsacid dynasty in the 3rd century BC to the emergence of a new visual culture under Sasanian rule in the 3rd century AD, this workshop will bring together a panel of international experts to consider how Parthian art connected with the art traditions of Hellenistic Asia and the Roman Empire. We will consider different media, including sculpture, coins, and luxury art, and use recent discoveries and fresh research to cast new light on old problems, including the issue of whether Parthian art even existed as a coherent phenomenon.

Funding for this event is very generously provided by Richard Beleson in honour of Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis.


Limestone lintel from Hatra, c. 2nd-early 3rd century AD (Metropolitan Museum of Art, open access)