Petrified voices, petrified feelings

Free Archaeology lecture: All Welcome

Public lecture sponsored by the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens and the discipline of Classics and the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle

PETRIFIED VOICES, PETRIFIED FEELINGS

Understanding graffiti in the City of Aphrodite

Professor Angelos Chaniotis, Princeton University

Room UNH 241, University House (formerly NESCA House)
Corner King and Auckland Streets, Newcastle.

Monday August 19, 2013.  Drinks: 6.00pm.  Lecture: 6.30pm

Temple of Aphrodite

The Temple of Aphrodite

Professor Angelos Chaniotis, Professor of Ancient History and Classics at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, is the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens’ Visiting Professor for 2013.

Aphrodisias was a Greek city developed in the 1st Century BC, 230 kilometres south of Izmir (ancient Smyrna) where the cult of Aphrodite flourished until the 4th Century AD.   A marble quarry was close to the town and the city became famous for its sculptors.  The town never recovered from an earthquake in the 7th Century AD, but high quality statuary has been unearthed and the ruins of many buildings are still visible.  Professor Chaniotis will demonstrate how the large number of graffiti found in the ruins can give us a better understanding of life in an ancient city.

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