Members' lecture
The inaccessible Roman Empire

Tuesday 26 June 2018,
BP Lecture Theatre
Tickets £15
Members £15

To book, call 020 7323 8195

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Recent turmoil in much of the Near East and North Africa means that many of the most impressive sites in the Roman Empire can no longer be visited.

Sam Moorhead, British Museum, has worked and travelled in parts of the eastern Mediterranean which are now too dangerous to explore. In this lecture, he provides an outline of Roman activity in the region, focusing on cities which have been largely destroyed (for example Hatra in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria), sites which have been heavily looted (Apamaea and Dura Europos in Syria), and places which are now too dangerous to visit (Leptis Magna and Cyrene in Libya). He will present some of finest architecture, sculpture and mosaics from the Roman world, highlighting both the richness of eastern Roman culture and the lives of the people who lived in these exotic places.

Includes a complimentary drink.

Age: 16+

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