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S. Rebecca Martin
Boston University (Boston, MA 02215-1300)
Artists and Patrons of the Middle Ground: Contact between Ancient Greek and Phoenician Cultures

The interaction of ancient peoples might leave a mark or pass with little trace, and we infer accordingly a motivation or failure to share, adapt, or compete. One way to measure such reactions is through the material record. I am writing a book that makes the material culture produced by contact its subject. The Art of Contact explores the relationships expressed in the material culture of Greeks and Phoenicians from the perspective of a Greek art historian and archaeologist working in the Near East. Its fifth chapter, "Artists and Patrons of the Middle Ground," examines how individuals in zones of intense contact used objects to negotiate between and among social groups. I employ two heuristic concepts, the habitus and the Middle Ground, in two contexts: the cosmopolitan Greek island of Delos and the Phoenician city-state of Sidon. As crossroads, Delos and Sidon allow me to argue for the utility of these heuristics outside of the scenarios for which they were developed.

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2014 – 7/31/2014