ALPHA: Friends of Antiquity has announced its 2012-2013 Lecture Series. Founded in 1971, ALPHA is dedicated to the study of archaeology, literature, philosophy, history and art of the ancient world.
All lectures are free and open to the public. Lectures are presented at 7:30 p.m. in Room 102 of the Jack Arends Visual Arts Building on the Northern Illinois University campus in DeKalb.
The schedule follows:
• Lecture 378: “A Feast for the Senses: The Private Banquet in Roman Italy”
Katharine A. Raff, Mellon curatorial fellow in Roman Art, Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art, Art Institute of Chicago
Raff will discuss the Roman social ritual known as the convivium (Latin: “living together”) or banquet, as it was practiced in private settings in Roman Italy. She will consider how the Roman banquet was not only a calculated display of the host’s wealth, social status, and cultural sophistication, but was also a veritable feast for the senses, at which a host would delight his guests with extravagant fare, luxurious tableware, lavish interior decoration, and diverse forms of entertainment.
Examples of domestic art and architecture at sites such as Pompeii, Herculaneum and Ostia will be considered alongside ancient literary evidence of elite dining practices to illustrate the multi-sensory nature of the Roman private banquet.
Lecture 379: “The Triumph of the Visual Language: Theology in Color and the Eloquence of Stillness and Silence in Byzantine Religious Art”
Professor Emeritus Dimitri Liakos, NIU
Lecture 380: “The Dodekaorton = The Twelve Feasts: The Festal Cycle in the Greek Orthodox Church, From the Annunciation to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary. Interpretation, Elucidation and Illustration”
Father John E. Artemas, pastor-protopresbyter of St. George Greek Orthodox Church, DeKalb
Lecture 381: “A Tale of Two Cities: The Excavations at Zeugma on the Euphrates”
Professor Jennifer Tobin, University of Illinois-Chicago
Lecture 382: “Tradition Transformed in Late Antiquity: The Shift From the Late Roman to a Byzantine Aesthetic”
Christina Nielsen, assistant curator for Late Antique, Early Christian and Byzantine Art, Art Institute of Chicago
Lecture 383: “To Whom Do Antiquities Belong? The Legal and Illegal Trafficking of Antique Art Objects”
Professor Ralph Burin, Department of Art History, Harper College, Palatine