The work group deals with studies of private, aristocratic and organized living in urban and rural settings dating from Greek Antiquity to the Byzantine period. The research focusses on exploring specific building and architectural forms, and analyzing the inventory of fixed and moveable furnishings, such as decorative schemes, or sculpture programs. The material evidence is evaluated on the basis of interdiscplinary contextualization. In this way the semantics and aesthetics of individual elements in relation to the overall spatial concept are investigated, and interrelationships between object classes, for example, between inscriptions and sculptures – or other decorative elements - can be analysed. Taking the respective social and political framework into account, fundamental strategies and influences in architecture, as well as the divergence of contemporary forms of representation and furnishing are explored.
Head: P. Ruggendorfer