On Saturday, March 26th, 2011 Prof. Ivan Marazov presented a three-hour lecture at the exhibition „Thrace and the Ancient World – Vassil Bojkov Collection”, attended by about 50 students in History of Culture and Art Criticism from the New Bulgarian University and the National Academy of Fine Arts.
The theme of the lecture was “Thrace between myth and reality.” Different object forms in ancient toreutics were discussed, issues of cultural interaction and Thracian concept of the Greek myths as well. The functioning of the precious object in the archaic culture as a social sign was clarified, images on vessels and applications were interpreted, the meaning of the emergence of themes such as “Rape of Helen” and “The killing of Orpheus by the Thracian women” was revealed.
The aim of the lecture was not only to familiarize with unknown monuments of ancient art but the logic of exposition. Lectures in museums and exhibition halls are inherent in the practice of training in cultural history at the NBU, which sets great store by the direct communication with the original. Lecture course was joined by many visitors and tour guides from the National museum of history. Perhaps the museum should consider organizing a series of public lectures to help the lovers of Antiquity more deeply to understand the monuments of the Ancient culture.