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Classical Heritage: From Tripoli to Damascus

21-06-2014 - 22-06-2014


Classical Heritage: From Tripoli to Damascus

We have a very exciting event taking place on Saturday 21st of June 2014 at the Faculty of Classics. The ‘Classical Heritage: From Tripoli to Damascus’ will explore the influence of Classics on North Africa and the Middle East.

This is aimed at anyone with an interest in Classics and/or the Middle East and would like to find out more. 


1.00 – 2.00 Registration will begin at 1.00pm, with tea and coffee

2.00 – 2.30 Classical Continuity from Petra to Damascus
Judith McKenzie, Director

2.30 – 3.00 Paintings in Stone: Mosaics from North Africa and the Near East
Sean Leatherbury, Mosaics Specialist (Kenyon Institute, Jerusalem)

3.00 – 3.30 Ruling the Desert: Power and Authority in the Architecture of Libya and Syria
Marlena Whiting, Postdoctoral Research Assistant


4.00 – 4.40 Tips for Using the Manar al-Athar Open-access Photo Archive
Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis, Deputy Director (City University of New York)
with comments on IT Development by Jeremy Worth, ICT Manager, Archaeology

4.40 – 5.10 From Temple to Church in Lebanon
Sarah Norodom, Research Assistant, and Andres Reyes, Regional Curator

5.10 – 6.30 Drinks Reception

The event is free and open to the public (teachers welcome!). You can book a place by contacting Dr Marlena Whiting:

The event, at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LU, is co-organised with Classics Outreach by Marlena Whiting, Mai Musie, and Judith McKenzie.

The Manar al-Athar website, based at the University of Oxford, aims to provide high resolution, searchable images for teaching, research, and publication. These images of archaeological sites, with buildings and art, will cover the areas of the former Roman empire which later came under Islamic rule, such as Syro-Palestine/the Levant, Arabia, Egypt, North Africa and Spain. The chronological range is from Alexander the Great (i.e., from about 300 BC) through, the Islamic period to the present.

Pilot development is part of the Late Antique Egypt and the Holy Land Project (Principal Investigator: Neil McLynn) in the Classics Faculty, funded by a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant, the Oxford University Press John Fell Research Fund, and other sponsors (see Manar al-Athar is Arabic for ‘Guide to Archaeology’.

For more information about the the project please click here.

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