Skip to comments.Excavations at Idalion, Cyprus: Crossing Cultures in the Eastern Mediterranean [April 6, 2016]
Posted on 04/01/2016 12:03:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Excavations at Idalion, Cyprus: Crossing Cultures in the Eastern Mediterranean 8 p.m. JCCGW Theatre 6125 Montrose Road Rockville, MD
Ann-Marie Knoblauch | Virginia Tech University Co-Sponsored by the Hellenic Society Prometheas
Cyprus was an important trade center and cultural crossroad in antiquity, controlled and influenced in different periods by the Mycenaean civilization, the sea-faring Phoenicians and Philistines of the Bible, Archaic Greece, the Persians in Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Roman Empire, and even Christian Byzantium.
The ancient site of Idalion is fortuitously situated near the copper-rich mountains of Cyprus and the harbors of the coast. This prime location led to the sites prominence in the economic, political and religious activity on the island, many aspects of which have been revealed through 150 years of excavations. This illustrated lecture provides a brief history of the site of Idalion, with a focus on current excavations. There will be a more in-depth look at what made this site such a rich international center as well as an important locus for religious activities, especially for Greek sanctuaries.
Reservations are not required. Fees per lecture are: $5 Residents of CES Life Communities, high school students and co-sponsors; $8 BASONOVA & JCCGW members, and; $10 the general public.
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Two D.C.-Area Archaeology Events
The Rebirth of a Roman Luxury Resort: Recent Archaeological Discoveries at the Seaside Villas at Stabiae
Matthew Bell and Thomas Howe
Sunday April 3, 2016
During the period between the first destruction of Stabiae at the hand of Roman dictator and general Lucius Cornelius Sulla (89 BCE) and the eruption of Vesuvius (79 CE), the city became a Roman resort, welcoming the construction of stunning villas in panoramic positions, with public buildings, ornate formal gardens, thermal spas, porticoes and delightfully decorated nymphaea.
The eruption of Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum also buried nearby Stabiae under a four meter deep blanket of lapillus and ash. While no more excavations are underway at these other sites, relatively very little of Stabiae has been uncovered. Since 2002, the Restoring Ancient Stabiae (RAS) Foundation has been directing an ambitious excavation of the spectacular seaside villas built by wealthy Roman patricians, water channels and gardens, and transforming the 150-acre site into one of the worlds largest archaeological parks.
Thomas Howe is Chair of art history at Southwestern University and the chief coordinator of archaeology and architectural planning of RAS. Matthew Bell is Professor of Architecture at the University of Maryland, Principal at Perkins Eastman Architects, and Vice President of RAS.
Things to do around D.C. -- also, the Folger Shakespeare Library has an annual festival around the time of the Bard's birthday, that's soon.This is the Digest ping as well, a day early. Here's recent topics you may have missed:
Greek-Phoenician city in the inner part of Cyprus already mentioned in the inscriptions of the Assyrian kings Asarhaddon and Asurbanipal, often in the ancient poets as a chief place of the Aphrodite-cult, otherwise hardly mentioned. Ruins at present Dali between Larnaka and Nikosia with 2 acropoleis, city walls and other remains, excavations. In the classical period united with Kition ("Kings of Kition and Idalion"). Many important inscriptions in Cypriot syllabary and Phoenician, Neo-Phoenician inscriptions...
(My translation. This was originally published in 1975 so the article presumably dates to before the Turkish invasion of 1974.)
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