Maria Elisa Micheli and Anna Santucci (Eds.)
Luce in contesto. Rappresentazioni, produzioni e usi della luce nello spazio antico / Light in Context. Representation, Production and Use of Light in Ancient Spaces
Panel 3.17Archaeology and Economy in the Ancient World – Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Classical Archaeology, Cologne/Bonn 2018
Ancient authors and archaeological sources provide evicence for the central role of the light in the ancient life and thought. The analysis of this argument through an ideal dialogue with the contemporary lighting culture contributes to point out new and different research areas. If the lighting devices (clay, glass, metal and marble made lamps, candlesticks, chandeliers etc.) testify dynamics of production, distribution and use system, according to different historical and social contexts, on other hand, the study of an olive regional production district and its relation with the fuel supply reflects on socio-economic issues and related changes. Actually facing with the ancient light perception are the esperiments on different oils as an attempt to measure artificial light intensity and duration together with a 3D modelling study on a tomb and its niches for lamps. Light affects, 'create' and 're-create' everything as suggestively evidenced by ancient paintings as well as by contemporary architecture and lighting technologies.
Maria Elisa Micheli is Full Professor of Classical Archaeology and Head of the Humanities Department at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo (Italy).
Anna Santucci is Associated Professor of Classical Archaeology and Director of the Plaster Cast Museum at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo (Italy).