“Religious Ritual On Board the Greco-Roman Ship”

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On Thursday, November 11 at 6 pm, Dr. Carrie Atkins (University of Toronto, Mississauga) will present a webinar lecture entitled “Religious Ritual On Board the Greco-Roman Ship.” Please join us!

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Abstract: For Greco-Roman sailors or passengers aboard a ship, aspects of daily life occurred within a ship’s physical boundaries while at sea. These activities were related not only to sailing and trading, but also to eating, sleeping, and performing rituals. The material remnants of these ritual activities have been little studied, yet represent key evidence in understanding the impact of mobility on ritual practices aboard the Greco-Roman ship. In this lecture, I discuss archaeological evidence for potential ritual objects from shipwrecks in the Mediterranean alongside textual and iconographic depictions of these rituals. Not all ritual objects found in shipwrecks provide evidence for shipboard ritual but instead were likely transported as cargo. For some multifunctional objects that had a potential use both in religious ritual or for general activities, I suggest these objects could construct temporary sacred spaces aboard the ship when employed at poignant times in the voyage. These rituals, however, were not prescriptive nor ubiquitous but instead were chosen by individuals, shaped by cross-cultural connectivity and mobility.

Save the dates for remaining 2021-2022 lectures

All will be held on Thursdays at 6pm. The two lectures in the national AIA lecture program (Nov. and April) will be Zoom webinars. We will decide about the format of the others in the spring.

November 11 – Carrie Atkins (University of Toronto), “Religious Ritual on board the Greco-Roman Ship”

February 10 – Melinda Yang (University of Richmond), “Using ancient DNA to study human history – perspectives on East Asia”

March 3 – Vassiliki Panoussi (William & Mary), “The Image of Africa in Early Modern Vergil Commentaries”

April 14 Leslie Reeder-Myers (Temple University), “Coastal Heritage and Climate Change—A Monumental Challenge to   Preserve the Past in the 21st Century”

May 12 – Spring Member Event with Jack Gary, Director of Archaeology, Colonial Williamsburg

Fall 2021 lectures

Mark your calendars for our fall lectures, which will again be held as Zoom webinars, with the links posted here about a week before each lecture:

Thursday, October 7, 6 pm: Marcello Canuto (Tulane University), “Taking the High Ground: Lowland Maya Settlement Patterns as Seen through LiDAR

Thursday, November 11, 6 pm: Carrie Atkins (University of Toronto), “Religious Ritual on board the Greco-Roman Ship

“Ruling Culture” book talk on May 13

This year our May event will be held in partnership with the Charlottesville Society of the AIA: a book talk and Q&A with UVa’s Fiona Greenland (Sociology & Anthropology), author of Ruling Culture: Art Police, Tomb Raiders, and the Rise of Cultural Power in Italy (University of Chicago Press, 2021). This new book situates the emergence of national symbols and icons in Italy’s longer historical entanglements of cultural elites, state officials, and tombaroli (‘tomb robbers’). The event will take place over Zoom on Thursday, May 13 at 6 pm EDTClick here to register!

Schedule change and “Ruling Culture” book talk registration

This week’s lecture on ancient DNA by Dr. Melinda Yang (UR Dept. of Biology) has been postponed to next year. Our next event will be on May 13, co-sponsored with the Charlottesville AIA: a book talk and Q&A with Dr. Fiona Greenland (UVA Dept. of Sociology), author of the new book Ruling Culture: Art Police, Tomb Raiders, and the Rise of Cultural Power in Italy. See the registration link for more details!

“Nubian Queen: How an Ancient African Kingdom Became a Symbol of Feminine Power and Vice Versa”

Please join us for a webinar lecture by Jeremy Pope, Associate Professor of History at the College of William and Mary: “Nubian Queen: How an Ancient African Kingdom Became a Symbol of Feminine Power and Vice Versa”

Thursday, March 18, 6:00 pm

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Co-sponsored by the University of Richmond Department of Classical Studies

Webinar on Etruscan soldiers

Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 6 pm for a webinar presentation of the AIA’s Ferdinando and Sarah Cinelli Lecture in Etruscan and Italic Archaeology. Hilary Becker, Assistant Professor of Classics at Binghamton University, will present “The Etruscan helmets from Vetulonia: new evidence for the life of an Etruscan soldier.”

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Co-sponsored by the University of Richmond Department of Classical Studies

Spring 2021 events

Our spring lectures will again be on Zoom, co-sponsored by the University of Richmond Department of Classical Studies. For each lecture, a UR Zoom webinar registration link will be posted here and sent to our email list about one week before the lecture. Registration for our annual spring member event (this year a Zoom book talk and author Q&A, see below) will be available here in March.

Thursday, February 11, 6 pm
Hilary Becker (Binghamton University), “The Iconography of a Life in Arms: The Etruscan Soldier at War, at Home, and at the Tomb” (Ferdinando and Sarah Cinelli Lecture in Etruscan and Italic Archaeology)

Thursday, March 18, 6 pm
Jeremy Pope (The College of William and Mary), “Nubian Queen: How an Ancient African Kingdom Became a Symbol of Feminine Power and Vice Versa”

Thursday, April 15, 6 pm (This lecture has been postponed to next year)
Melinda Yang (University of Richmond), “Using ancient DNA to study human history – perspectives on East Asia”

SPRING MEMBER EVENT
Thursday, May 13, 6 pm
Book talk and Q&A with Fiona Greenland (University of Virginia), author of Ruling Culture: Art Police, Tomb Raiders, and the Rise of Cultural Power in Italy (University of Chicago Press, 2021).

[Registration details will be available here in April.]

Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Curator’s Webinar on Thurs. 12/3

View of the Naos of the Decades installed in Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photograph by David Stover, VMFA

On Thursday, December 3 at 6 pm, Dr. Peter Schertz (Jack and Mary Ann Frable Curator of Ancient Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts) will give a behind-the-scenes curator’s talk about the exhibition currently on view at the VMFA, through 18 January 2021.

Register here for the Zoom webinar

This free webinar presentation is co-sponsored by the AIA Richmond Society and the University of Richmond Department of Classical Studies.

For more information about the Sunken Cities exhibition at the VMFA, see https://www.vmfa.museum/exhibitions/exhibitions/treasures-ancient-egypt/