An afternoon with an archeologist and Museum curator
To celebrate more than 40 years of public lecturing in Australia, Australians Studying Abroad, Classical Archaeologist and Museum Curator Tony O'Connor will give a lecture at the National Library. As a specialist in the Roman Empire, he has excavated across Britain, Italy and North Africa, but he has a particular interest in Roman North Africa.
Tophets, Trade and the Alphabet: The Phoenicians in the Mediterranean World
This first lecture will focus on the Phoenicians, a not very well known race of people of ancient world, who are best known to through descriptions made by their enemies. Tony O'Connor will explore their origins in what is now modern Lebanon and the rise of their dominance in the Mediterranean and North Africa through to their eventual destruction.
Lecture 2 | 2.20 – 3.10pm
Paintings in Stone: Coloured figurative mosaics of North Africa
The second lecture will explore coloured figurative mosaics 'paintings in stone' which reached its heights in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. It will examine the origins of these high-quality coloured mosaics in Ptolemaic Alexandria and then trace their development up to North African mosaic manufacture in the 4th century AD.
These lectures are free, however, bookings are essential. Light refreshments will be served after the lecture.