Mosaics and Multiculturalism: Discoveries at Ancient Sepphoris

Tuesday, 25 March, 2014, 6:30 pm
Charles Pearson Theatre (Eastern Resource Centre), University of Melbourne

Professor Carol Meyers (Duke University)

Several major universities – including Duke University – have been excavating at the Galilean site of Sepphoris since the mid-1980s. Discoveries have included stunning mosaics, grand buildings (synagogue, baths, theater, mansions), a large number of underground cavities (ritual baths, cisterns), and a variety of artifacts (pottery, stone vessels and tools, coins, lamps, bronze statues, and more). This impressive array of materials is important for understanding various aspects of life in the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods.

Carol Meyers is Mary Grace Wilson Professorship in Religion at Duke University. Her book “Discovering Eve” is a landmark study of women in ancient Israel; and her reference book, “Women in Scripture,” is the most comprehensive study ever made of women in Jewish and Christian scriptures.

This public lecture is sponsored by the Classical Association of Victoria, the Australian Institute of Archaeology, and The University of Melbourne’s School of Historical and Philosophical Studies (SHAPS).

The lecture is free but registration is requested.