Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Archaeologist to discuss Roman temples

Archaeologist to discuss Roman temples - North Adams Transcript

Posted: 11/15/2011 10:17:46 AM EST

Tuesday November 15, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN — Michael Nelson, art historian and field archaeologist, will deliver a lecture about the Roman period temples at Omrit today, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., in Griffin Hall, room 7, at Williams College.

His field of study is the ancient architecture of the Mediterranean.

Nelson's talk will focus on examining architectural remains of the three phases of the Roman period temple at Omrit, which date between the late first century BC and the late first century A.D. He will walk the audience through the process of architectural reconstruction and then discuss the symbolic significance of the hybrid appearance of the Omrit temples, which incorporate elements of Greek, Roman and Near Eastern architectural orders.

Nelson has, for more than a decade, been a member of an international team of scholars excavating at Omrit, a Roman and early Byzantine site in northern Israel. Currently, his research focuses on the well-preserved temple complex at Omrit and its three Corinthian temples.

His interests include the use and reception of Roman religious architecture and temple sculptures in the fringe areas of the empire and the transmission of stoneworking techniques. He also works at Leukos, a Roman and early Byzantine port settlement on the Greek island of Karpathos in the Dodecanese. His research here explores insular settlement archaeology in relation to the seaborne trade.

He has written for the Journal of Roman

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The event is sponsored by the Department of Classics and is free and open to the public.