Patrick Zeidler

Doctoral Candidate

Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
Research Associate in Research Area B Embodied Dependencies
Adenauerallee 18–22
D-53113 Bonn

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Academic Profile

Social Inequality and Asymmetrical Dependency in Etruria:
An Archaeological Approach

My research project deals with the material and written evidence for different forms of social inequality and asymmetrical dependency in Etruria. The focus will be on the iconographic study of depictions of dependent and/or socially inferior people in Etruscan art like servants, craftsmen, prisoners and strangers. These numerous images occur in the period from the 6th to the 1st century B.C. in different classes of visual culture like Etruscan mural and vase paintings, urns, sarcophagi, mirrors, statuettes and gems as well as in the architectural decoration of sacral buildings and aristocratic residences.

A central issue of my research project will be the determination of the iconographic elements which have been used to show the dependency and/or social inequality of certain persons. In order to broaden the perspective Etruscan inscriptions and written sources from Greek and Roman authors will be considered, too. Therefore it will be possible to investigate how socially inferior and/or dependent people in Etruria saw themselves (e.g. inscriptions of freedmen) and to make a comparison with the point of view of the Etruscan aristocracy (e.g. mural paintings) and the Greek and Roman upper class (written sources). Furthermore, the results of my research will be contrasted with similar forms of social inequality and asymmetrical dependency in the Greek and Roman societies, which already have been investigated well in the last decades.

Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology, University of Bonn, Germany

M.A. in Classical Archaeology, University of Bonn, Germany

Study Abroad (Erasmus-Scholarship), University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy

Study Abroad (Erasmus-Scholarship), University of Vienna, Austria

B.A. in Archaeology, University of Munich, Germany

Research Associate in Research Area B Embodied Dependencies, University of Bonn, Germany

Editor of the journal Kölner und Bonner Archaeologica (KuBA), Universities of Bonn and Cologne, Germany

Student/Graduate Assistant, Department of Classical Archaeology, University of Bonn, Germany

since 2017
Member of the working group "AG Etrusker und Italiker" (DArV)

since 2016
Member of the German Archaeologists' Association (DArV)

  • Daunier, Peuketier, Messapier. Einheimische Keramik aus Apulien im Akademischen Kunstmuseum Bonn (Bonn 2021).
  • 2018. Die Tötung der Niobiden: Die mythologische Überlieferung. Kat. 4. 26–29. 31. Iphigenie in Aulis. Kat. 11. In Göttliche Ungerechtigkeit? Strafen und Glaubensprüfungen als Themen antiker und frühchristlicher Kunst, edited by F. Rumscheid, S. Schrenk, K. Kressirer. Exhibition Catalogue Bonn, Petersberg, 14–22; 26f; 58–66; 185–18
  • 2017. Handwerk und Produktion in Marzabotto. In Die Etrusker. Weltkultur im antiken Italien, edited by Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe. Exhibition Catalogue Karlsruhe, Darmstadt, 170–171.
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