The iconographic repertoire of the Southern Levant between the end of the 5th and the beginning of the 3rd century BCE is characterized by changing pictoral traditions resulting from the adoption and adaptation of Persian and Greek cultural traits. These processes of influence and interference (we may call them Persianization or Hellenization) as well as the expressions of the own cultural identity are in the focus of the conference.
Case studies concerning available “media” – such as figurines, seals, coins, painted ceramics etc. – and typical motifs will offer an overview of the pictorial repertoire and the specific interactions between Eastern and Western symbol systems in the Southern Levant in the period under consideration. This will help understanding how and to which extent the perception of the world of the ancients changed during these turbulent times.