Events from 10 March, 2014
12th March, 20146.30-8.30pm
Pirates and Romans: Cities of Ancient Rough Cilicia - Dr Michael Hoff, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
During the last century of the Hellenistic era, the south-central coast of Asia Minor was the base of operations for pirates who preyed upon merchant vessels operating in the waters between Italy and the Levant. After the Romans rid the area of the pirate threat cities began to spread at a rapid pace up and down the coast of Rough Cilicia. Although these cities are still visible
today, few of these urban areas have been studied or even explored by archaeologists. Unfortunately some of these sites are rapidly deteriorating because of land development and modern-day ‘pirates’ who are looting the sites of their antiquities. Among the goals of the Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey Project is the documentation of these communities by studying their
urban planning and architecture, such as temples, baths, tombs, to gain an understanding of land use and urban needs in Cilicia during the Roman Empire. Currently the project is excavating the site of Antiochia ad Cragum.These excavations, under operation for less than a decade, are beginning to clarify the balance a provincial Roman city strikes between adherence to native traditions and the desire to participate in the Roman mainstream.
17th March, 20146.30-8.30pm
Speakers Professors Eric and Carol Meyers Duke University Several major universities, including Duke University, have been excavating at the Galilean site of Sepphoris since the mid- 1980s. Discoveries have included stunning mosaics, grand buildings, a large number of underground cavities (ritual baths, cisterns), and a variety of artifacts. This impressive array of materials is important for understanding various aspects of life in the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods.
14th April, 20146.30-8.30pm
If you fly low over the steppes and deserts of the Middle East or Central Asia, you will see, in certain places, strange lines of walls
running in distinct patterns across what appears to be barren land. For more than a century, people have been wondering about who built these and for what purpose. They represent a great deal of effort in a land where few people live and natural resources are scarce. From early fantastic speculations about alien landings and more prosaic ideas of fortifications, it is now recognized that these walls were designed and built to herd animals, wild, or possibly domesticated, into an enclosure. In this lecture I will talk about these extraordinary ancient systems and how modern technology is helping us to understand much more about them.