Tony O'Connor specialises in the Roman Empire and he has excavated in a great number of areas across Britain, Italy and North Africa. His particular interest is in Roman North Africa, and he has excavated in Libya for many years now.
Tony has spent many years working in Libya, Tunisia, Sicily and Lebanon. In these places, he has spent many years studying the Phoenicians and their legacy. He has curated and developed archaeological collections in UK museums for more than 30 years and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
Lecture Program Introduction These talks will be about the period when the Mediterranean was a highway for the immigration of people, trade and some ideas. For more than 1000 years the cities of North Africa were at the heart of this classical world.
The first lecture will be from 1.00 pm to 1.50 pm and the lectures are free.
Tophets, Trade and the Alphabet: The Phoenicians in the Mediterranean World The puzzling Phoenicians are not well known but most influential people from the ancient world are known to us through their enemies.
This lecture explores the history of their origins from what is now modern Lebanon. These people were traders and craftsmen right across the Mediterranean. They rose to dominance in the western Mediterranean and North Africa and through their city of Carthage. Eventually, they were overthrown and with it came the destruction by Rome.
This will be held from 2.20 pm till 3.10 pm Paintings in Stone: Coloured figurative mosaics of North Africa The tradition and creation of coloured figural mosaics have left a fantastic collection of these paintings which are in stone. This is so particularly in the Roman province of Africa Proconsularis such as Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. In these places, the mosaic production reached its heights in the second and third centuries AD.
This particular lecture will look at the range of mosaic images and themes as well as the organisation of the mosaic workshops. It will discuss the origins of high-quality coloured mosaics in Ptolemaic Alexandria in the second century BC and go through their development up to the high point of North African mosaic manufacture of the 4th century AD. This is seen at places like the Roman villa of Casale at Piazza Armerina in Sicily.
These lectures are all free of charge, however, bookings are essential for this event and you can book at this link. The afternoon includes 2 lectures and allows time for a Q&A session at the end of each lecture. Light refreshments will also be served.
The venue is the Theatre, Lauriston Girls' School, 38 Huntingtower Road, Armadale. If you want more information you can contact ASA on phone (03) 9822 6899, Freecall 1800 645755 (outside Melbourne Metro) or email: email@example.com. To read more about Australians Studying Abroad tours, go to this link.