Lectures – Forthcoming

THURSDAY 4th OCTOBER 2018
DR JOHN HERRMANN
(Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA)
A HELLENISTIC MARBLE STATUETTE OF A MAENAD AND THE CULTS OF DIONYSOS AND KORE AT SAMARIA/SEBASTE

6:00 PM – Institute of Archaeology, University College London,
Lecture Theatre G6 (Ground Floor), 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPY

Headless draped female from the peristyle at Sebaste, (courtesy of John Herrmann)
Headless draped female from the peristyle at Sebaste, (courtesy of John Herrmann)

A graceful marble statuette now in California was excavated in the British led excavations at Sebaste during the 1930s, but the figure’s identity and significance long escaped archaeologists. An animal-skin wrap, however, identifies her as a maenad, a follower of Dionysos, The statuette was dug up with several other marble sculptures, one a figure of the child Dionysos and another of Kore, Sebaste’s principal cult. The three figures could well come from a courtyard shrine, and they pose the question of the interaction of the cults of the god of wine and the goddess of the Underworld in the religious politics of the city.

John J. Herrmann is Curator of Classical Art, Emeritus, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he curated more than a dozen temporary exhibitions on Greek and Roman art. He has excavated in Italy and travelled in Israel, Jordan, and Syria. A special theme of his research is collaboration with scientists in the study of marble. He has also studied the cult of Demeter and Kore in its Egyptian form and explored its emanation into ancient Judaea.

Organised jointly with The Institute of Archaeology, University College London

refreshments will be served after the lecture


TUESDAY 12th NOVEMBER 2018
DR. REBEKAH WELTON
(University of Exceter)
FOOD AND ALCOHOL IN IRON AGE ISRAEL AND JUDAH: ARCHAEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES

6:00 PM – Institute of Archaeology, University College London,
Lecture Theatre G6 (Ground Floor), 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPY

Organised jointly with the Institute of Jewish Studies


TUESDAY 11th DECEMBER 2018
MALCOLM BILLINGS 
(Author and Broadcaster)
THE FIRST CRUSADE – THE ROLE OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

6:00 PM – Institute of Archaeology, University College London,
Lecture Theatre G6 (Ground Floor), 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPY