More Than Glitter: Ancient Jewelry in Greece and Italy
February 7, 2023 @ 7:00 pm EST
Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
AIA Society: Springfield
Lecturer: Alexis Q. Castor
Gold necklaces, earrings and other jewelry made by ancient goldsmiths still attract attention today. Their expert manufacture, intricate detail, and lavish use of precious metal evoke images of glittering women and men, enriching our understanding of Greek and Etruscan costume. But what do we know about how and when men, women, and even children, used jewelry? I will discuss how people of all ages wore personal ornaments as protective amulets against harm, to show badges of office, to enchant, and to display wealth. Jewelry also served as wearable wealth that could be melted down in times of crisis. We explore ways that jewelry functioned as bridal gifts, heirlooms, and even played a role in espionage. Beyond the shimmer of metal, we will see that these ornaments served as a beautiful, practical form of personal wealth.