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CWRU Lecture: A Roman City in the Egyptian Desert: Paintings, Potsherds, and Politics in the Dakhla Oasis

Speaker: 

Roger Bagnall, Professor Emeritus, New York University, and Former Director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Lecture Hall

The ancient Roman city of Trimithis lies under a carpet of hundreds of millions of potsherds at the site of Amheida in Egypt’s Dakhla Oasis. The fraction of the site that has been excavated reveals houses with colorful wall paintings, baths, a school, and an early church. Texts found in a house belonging to a city official give us glimpses of his business activities and culture.

Free; no reservation required.

This lecture is hosted by the Department of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University and cosponsored by the Cleveland Museum of Art.