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  • Lisa Nevett

    Recent archaeological discussions of domestic space in a variety of cultural contexts have pointed out the limitations of the static models that have typically been used to discuss the arrangement of activities and their associated modes of social organization. Taking the example of the Greek world during the first millennium BCE, this article explores some of the insights that can be gained by reorienting attention toward a more dynamic understanding of the domestic context.

  • Gretel Rodríguez

    The Arch at Orange is well known among the Roman remains of southern France for its good preservation and exuberant visual program. Previous studies have focused on the meanings behind its martial iconography, considering the structure exclusively as the result of Roman intervention.

  • Sarah E. Beckmann
    Available as Open Access

    This article analyzes the naked boy who appears as a reader in the fresco cycle of the Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii, ca. 60–40 BCE. Although this fresco and its many figures have received ample attention, few scholars have asked why the reading boy is naked. I mark the boy’s nakedness as proof of his enslavement, using iconographic and epigraphic evidence for child slaves in Roman-era Dionysiac cult.

  • Matthew Notarian

    The transport of water from street fountains into living spaces was tedious but essential labor that impacted the health and social integration of subelite populations, yet it remains understudied in work on Pompeii’s public water system. This article uses spatial network analysis to demographically model public fountain use at a unit-level scale. Dynamic neighborhoods are identified using least-cost routes between every external door and fountain in the city.

  • Hallie G. Meredith

    Fragments of incomplete material objects, too often relegated to storage, have the potential to help uncover production processes that had been believed lost or thought permanently obscured. Traditionally, study of the chaîne opératoire (operational sequence) has been limited to completed pieces, excluding in-process and discarded items. This omission creates a misleading narrative.

  • Saskia Stevens
    Available as Open Access

    The exhibition at the National Museum of Antiquities at Leiden God on Earth: Emperor Domitian (December 2021–May 2022) presented an overview of Domitian’s life in objects to demonstrate the significance and impact of his 15-year reign. The show focused on how he legitimized and shaped his rule, and it challenged the viewer to rethink the assessment of Domitian in ancient sources and his branding as one of the “bad” emperors.

Museum Exhibition Listings

1/5/22

Browse our latest listing of current and upcoming museum exhibitions that are related to topics within the scope of the journal. This listing will be updated monthly, so check back often. We have added a section of born-digital and virtual exhibitions to the listing. These can be found at the bottom of the listing.