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Performative learning of the techniques of ancient Roman mosaic

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The grant will be used to host a practical workshop introducing students taking the module 'Domestic Space in the Roman world' to the techniques employed in the construction of ancient Roman mosaics. During this workshop students will create their own mosaic panels, combining their academic knowledge of the iconography of Roman mosaics with practical experience of ancient techniques. Through this performative participation they will learn the constraints and opportunities of ancient mosaic techniques and gain a deeper understanding of the factors influencing the development and choice of Roman mosaics. The workshop will be videoed and made available on the University intranet to serve as a wider resource.

Dr Zahra Newby is Assistant Professor (Reader) in the Department of Classics and Ancient History. Her research and teaching interests focus on Greek and Roman art, and the roles played by visual culture in the history and society of the Roman Empire.