Conversations About Our Scholarly Lives

12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM
Monday Feb 24, 2014
Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching (Room 338), DeWitt Wallace Library

Vanessa Rousseau, Art History and Classics, will present "Pieces of Paradise: Ornament and the Roman Synagogue at Sardis."  The site of Sardis in western Anatolia was historically important from the Lydian through the Late Roman period, when there is evidence for pagan, Christian and Jewish communities. Sardis’ monumental synagogue, occupied into the early 600s, formed one of the late Roman city’s most complex visual environments decorated with a broad palette of materials and images including geometric and floral patterns as well as images of birds, fish, and other animals. The coordination of representational imagery across different visual media draws on local sources to shape a special language of ornament for the building and its community.  All faculty welcome.  Lunch will be provided.

Contact: Adrienne Christiansen, ext 6714

Sponsored By: Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching (CST)

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