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


MONDAY 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

Gaza seal beer, (courtesy of Rebekah Welton)

Rebekah will discuss the insights that archaeology can provide into the roles of food and alcohol in ancient Israelite households, particularly in the sphere of ritual. Common conceptions of the roles of beer, honey, pigs, birds and dairy products will be re-examined and contextualised.

Dr Rebekah Welton works as an Area Supervisor on the Mount Zion excavation in Jerusalem, directed by Prof. Shimon Gibson, supported by two AIAS student grants. Her PhD from the University of Exeter was in Theology and Religious Sudies, and her thesis is titled ‘A Glutton and a Drunkard’: Excessive and ‘Deviant’ Consumption of Food and Alcohol in the Hebrew Bible in relation to the Law of the Rebellious Son (Deuteronomy 21:18-21).

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

During the course of this lecture, Malcolm will show a range of images collected on the route of the First Crusade showing maps and important junctions in the story of reaching Jerusalem in 1099. He will outline the calling of the First Crusade by Pope Urban II and the struggle of the Crusaders to reach Jerusalem after almost four years on the road, and will also include a tribute to the Crusades scholar, Professor Jonathon Riley Smith, of Cambridge University.

Malcolm Billings has been a journalist, writer and broadcaster for over 50 years. His contribution to archaeology began in 1977 when he became the presenter of the Radio 4 programme, Origins; which reported on excavations across the world from the Nile Valley to Jordan, Syria, France and Greece. In recent years he has lectured at the British Museum, the Levantine Foundation, the Keynon Institute Jerusalem, and Edinburgh University. Malcolm’s books include The Crusades (new edition), (2016); London, A Companion to its History and Archaeology (1994); The English, Making of a Nation from 430-1700 (1991); and  Vartan of Nazareth, Missionary and Pioneer in 19th Century Palestine (2012). He presented the Today Programme in the 1960s and 70s.