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Figural Sculpture Ornament in the Context of Imperial Funerary Architecture in the Provinces of the Imperium Romanum

In the center of the project are various sculptural roof ornaments of imperial funerary architecture. By a systematic composition of the sculptural crowns of acroteria of imperial funerary stelae and monumental funerary architecture in Rome, Italy and the provinces of the Imperium Romanum, the various, regionally differing types are supposed to be summarized in a corpus. A series of independent studies, which mark the beginning of the investigations on sphinx and lion sculpture in funerary contexts, are going to be analyzed and sorted into monument groups. The main focus is the inner or so-called relative chronology. On those objects stylistic and formal criteria are clearer than ever before, which makes it possible to examine the development of form and decoration. By iconographic and typological research, the continuous development and change of the motives can be researched. A central goal is to understand the change in motives as a special form of cultural transfer. Further investigation will be focused on an art and architectural historic impact of the motives and elements in medieval and modern architecture


  • „Halb Tier, halb Mädchen“ - Sphingen in der römischen Grabplastik. Typenwandel und Typenwanderung in späthellenistischer und römischer Zeit. – KölnJb 38 (2005) 7-89 Abb. 1-54 (im Druck)
  • Ein umgearbeiteter Kopf aus Nordsyrien in deutschem Privatbesitz. Zum Phänomen der Wiederverwendung römischer Grabporträts in der Antike, JdI 123, 2008 [in Druck-Vorbereitung]
  • Syrische Grabreliefs. Regionale Besonderheiten provinzialrömischer Sepulkralkunst, KJb 40, 2007 [in Vorbereitung]

Supervision: Priv.-Doz. Dr. Werner Oenbrink