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Conference: Visualising the Late Antique City, London

Saturday 7th June 2014, Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly

fse_full-imageWe are pleased to announce the Visualisation of the Late Antique City conference 2014, which presents the results of the Leverhulme-funded research project by the University of Kent. The conference will explore all aspects of the urban experience in Mediterranean cities AD 300 – 600, including architecture, behaviour, costume, and material culture.

Admission is GBP 20 (GBP 10 for students and OAPs). All welcome.

Please contact Jo Stoner (jms59@kent.ac.uk) by the Saturday 25th May 2014 to reserve a place.



09.45-10.00 Ellen Swift – Visualising the late antique city.

Public Space

10.00-10.30 Luke Lavan – Streets in late antiquity: form and function.


10.30-11.00 Nikos Karydis – New approaches to the architectural reconstruction of churches.

11.00-11.30 Joe Williams – Object groups in ecclesiastical space.


11.30-12.00 Solinda Kamani – Architecture and decoration of modest houses.

12.00-12.30 Jo Stoner – Domestic material culture: function to cultural meaning.

12.30-12.45 Discussion


13.30-14.00 Aoife Fitzgerald – Architecture and decoration of colonnaded shops.

14.00-14.30 Joe Williams – Commercial object groups: production, storage and sale.

Guest Lecture

14.30-15.00 Tayfun Oner – Visualising Constantinople: recent work.


15.00-15.30 Faith Morgan – Manufacture, wear and repair of late antique garments, with a fashion show of historic costumes produced for the event.

From Research to Art

15.45-16.00 Ellen Swift – Artefact studies to everyday life: spoons and late antique dining habits

16.00-16.15 Will Foster – Drawing architecture, objects and dress.

Case Study

16.15-16.45 Luke Lavan – Late Roman Ostia: urban life in AD 387, as seen by St Augustine.

16.45-17.00 Discussion


Conference: British Institute at Ankara – Alan Hall One Day Event & Pre-Event Dinner, London

P10901882The British Institute at Ankara warmly invites you to a one-day event being held on Saturday 11 October at King’s College London, Strand Campus.   The  programme provides a fascinating menu of topics for anybody who is enthusiastic and curious to discover more about Turkey past and present  and will foreground the achievements of research promoted by the BIAA, which has supported pioneering and ground-breaking work in the country since 1948.  The speakers are all in the forefront of research on Turkey, and their presentations will cover prehistoric archaeology, Roman village life, Ottoman art, the role of women and the contemporary political scene.  There will be a musical interludes provided by a London-based Turkish group, and a drinks reception after the programme, with opportunities to talk to the speakers and other active BIAA members.

We are also holding at dinner before the event at the British Academy on Friday 10 October, and we hope that as many as possible of you will join us there for a relaxed and enjoyable Turkish evening.



Current Exhibition: Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections

heaven-earthWashington, National Gallery, West Building

Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections

October 6 2013- March 2 2014

In 330 Emperor Constantine the Great moved the capital of the Roman Empire from Italy some thousand miles to the east, near the site of the ancient Greek city of Byzantium on the Bosphorus Strait linking the Aegean and Black Seas. Renamed Constantinople (now Istanbul), the city became the largest and wealthiest in the Christian world. It remained the dominant power, especially in the eastern Mediterranean, for more than 1,000 years until it fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. In the first-ever exhibition of Byzantine art at the Gallery, some 170 works of art, many never before lent to the United States, will be on view—among them mosaics, icons, manuscripts, jewelry, and ceramics. The works include newly discovered and unpublished objects and reveal the rich and multifaceted culture of Byzantium. Divided into five thematic sections, the exhibition explores the coexistence of paganism and Christianity, spiritual life in Byzantium, secular works of art used in the home, the intellectual life of Byzantine scholars, and the cross-influences that occurred between Byzantine and Western artists before the fall of Byzantium.

Heaven and EarthArt of Byzantium from Greek Collections presents life in Byzantium through approximately 170 works of art dating from the inception of the empire to its close. Drawn from collections throughout Greece, they include sculpture, mosaics, icons, frescoes, manuscripts, metalwork, jewelry, glass, embroideries, coins, and ceramics. The works are arranged in five sections: From the Ancient to the Byzantine WorldSpiritual Life,Pleasures of LifeIntellectual Life, and The Last Phase: Crosscurrents.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, Athens, with the collaboration of the Benaki Museum, Athens, and in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

Sponsors: The exhibition’s international tour is made possible by major funding from OPAP S.A.
Financial support is also provided by the A.G. Leventis Foundation.

Other Venues: J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, April 9–August 25, 2014