The Acropolis Restoration Project, Greece

Sponsored by Department of Classics & Mediterranean Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

AIA Society Event: Chicago

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Location:
University of Illinois at Chicago, Daley Library, Room I-470
801 S. Morgan St.
Chicago, IL 60607
United States

"The Acropolis Restoration Project, Greece"

Tasos TanoulasThe Propylaia Restoration Project

Although best known as a part of the Periclean building program on the Athenian Acropolis, the Propylaia played an important role in the later history of the city.  From the third century CE onward, it formed part of the defenses of the Acropolis, and a portion of the building was used as the residence of the Byzantine Metropolitan of Athens, later expanded into the palatial residences of the French and Florentine overlords of the city.  Severely damaged by a gunpowder explosion in 1640, the Propylaia was in a dilapidated state before it was restored in 1909-17 and again beginning in 1989. The latter project, directed by Dr. Tanoulas, just received the Europa Nostra prize for historic preservation.

Website: http://lcsl.las.uic.edu/classics-mediterranean/conferences-lectures

Contact:
Sinclair Bell
sinclair.bell@niu.edu

The Long Defeat: The Fall of the Roman Empire in East and West

Sponsored by The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

AIA Society Event: Chicago

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Location:
Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
1155 E 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

The Long Defeat:  The Fall of the Roman Empire in East and West

Clifford Ando,David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor; Professor of Classics, University of Chicago

The Roman Empire remains one of the world's longest lived polities.  Its collapse has therefore endured as a great historical puzzle.  Was it barbarians or internal decay?  Or was Christianity to blame?  The lecture will explore a range of theories and consider in detail why the two famous theories, those of St. Augustine and Edward Gibbon, have found so little favor.

Website: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7850018617/eorg

Contact:
Membership Department
oi-membership@uchicago.edu

Re-excavating the Royal Tomb of Horemheb in the Valley of the Kings

Sponsored by Oriental Institute, University of Chicago / AIA - Chicago Society

AIA Society Event: Chicago

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Location:
Breasted Hall, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
1155 E 58th St
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

Geoffrey Thorndike Martin
Edwards Professor of Egyptology Emeritus, University College London
Re-excavating the Royal Tomb of Horemheb in the Valley of the Kings
The tomb of King Horemheb in the Valley of the Kings was found by the American explorer, Theodore M. Davis, a century ago. Subsequently he published a handsome volume on the reliefs, paintings and objects in the tomb.  It was surprising; therefore to realize that there were still large amounts of debris inside the monument. It seemed worth investigating these, in case anything had been overlooked by the Davis Expedition. In three short seasons the work was carried out by the Cambridge Expedition to the Valley of the Kings, with interesting results.  The Egyptian authorities also gave permission for the Expedition to examine, catalogue, and photograph the objects found by Davis, hardly any of which had received definitive treatment in Davis’ publication. This lecture Professor Martin discusses this royal tomb.

Contact:
Sinclair Bell
sinclair.bell@niu.edu
8157537887

Decoding the Astronomical Narrative in the Codex Borgia

Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America

AIA Society Event: Chicago

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 6:30pm

Location:
Adler Planetarium, Samuel C. Johnson Family Star Theater
1300 S Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
United States

Lecturer: Susan Milbrath

Abstract: Decoding the Astronomical Narrative in the Codex Borgia

Webster Lecture

Lecture followed by reception

Contact:
Matt Baumann
baumann.64@buckeyemail.osu.edu

Tell Raqa'i: Village Archaeology in Early Urban Mesopotamia

Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America

AIA Society Event: Chicago

Friday, October 4, 2013 - 7:00pm

Location:
The Oriental Institute
1155 E 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

Lecturer: Glenn Schwartz

Abstract: Tell Raqa'i: Village Archaeology in Early Urban Mesopotamia

Kershaw Lecture

Contact:
Matt Baumann
baumann.64@buckeyemail.osu.edu

What Does the Iliad Tell Us About War and Why?

Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America

AIA Society Event: Chicago

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 6:30pm

Location:
National Hellenic Museum
333 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60661
United States

Lecturer: Thomas Palaima

Abstract: What Does the Iliad Tell Us About War and Why?

Broneer Lecture

Contact number for Museum is 312.655.1234

Contact:
Matt Baumann
baumann.64@buckeyemail.osu.edu

Michael Cosmopoulos: Digging Homer: The Exciting Discovery of a New Mycenaean Palace near Pylos

AIA Society Event: Chicago

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 6:00pm

Location:
The Field Museum, Ward Theater
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605-2496
United States

For thousands of years the Iliad has remained the classic tale of love, honor, and war. In the past century archaeological work in major sites like Mycenae, Pylos, and Troy has helped us put Homer's epics into historical perspective and has shown that many of Homer's tales were rooted in reality.

This lecture will present the exciting discoveries at Iklaina, one of the capitals of the legendary King Nestor, who figures prominently in Greek mythology and Homer's Iliad. The excavation, situated in Messenia and funded by the National Geographic Society, has brought to light remains of a palace or mansion from the period of the Trojan War. This site represents a unique case where archaeology meets mythology and ancient texts. Moreover, the impressive find (which includes Cyclopean walls, frescoes, and Europe's oldest inscribed tablet) challenges current knowledge about the origins of states, bureaucracy, and literacy in ancient Greece.

Contact:
Mary Jane Crotty
maryjanecrotty@comcast.net
847-866-7633

Prof. Hillary Gopnick: Feasting on the High Road: The Median Palace at Godin Tepe. Eleanor Guralnick Memorial Lecture

Sponsored by AIA Chicago Society, The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

AIA Society Event: Chicago

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Location:
Breasted Hall, The Oriental Institute
1155 E 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

Breasted Hall, The Oriental Institute

1155 E 58th Street

Chicago IL 60637

The horse-riding Medes of the Zagros Mountains of Iran

remain one of the enigmas of ancient history. They are

best known to us through the colorful anecdotes of Greek

historian Herodotus and contemporaneous Assyrian inscriptions.

The recent publication of the excavation of the

Median citadel-palace at Godin Tepe provides some new,

first-hand evidence for the way in which Median leaders Read more »

Contact:
Bruce Williams
bbwillia@uchicago.edu

Prof. Sinclair Bell: Foreign Faces: Africans and Others in Ancient Roman Art

Sponsored by AIA Chicago Society, Illinois Classical Conference, Department of Classics, The University of Chicago

AIA Society Event: Chicago

Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Location:
Breasted Hall, The Oriental Institute
1155 E 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

Breasted Hall, The Oriental Institute 1155 E 58th Street Chicago IL 60637 How did ancient Romans understand other peoples, especially Africans? This talk surveys the evidence of Roman literture, inscriptions and especially works of art, including unpublished material from current excavations. Dr. Bell investigates the creative forms of artistic expression that Africans inspired across the empire, and suggests some possible motives for their creation.

Contact:
Bruce Williams
bbwillia@uchicago.edu

Arthur Evans, the Palace of Minos at Knossos & the Dawn of European Civilization

Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America

AIA Society Event: Chicago

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 5:30pm

Location:
Kresge Hall 2-380, Northwestern University
1880 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL
United States

Lecturer: John Papadopoulos

Abstract: Arthur Evans, the Palace of Minos at Knossos, and the Dawn of European Civilization

Boegehold Lecture

Contact:
Mary Jane Crotty
maryjanecrotty@comcast.net
847-866-7633

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