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  • Leading Experts Present Fascinating Facts on Antioch and other Ancient Cities

    WORCESTER, MASS., October 3, 2000 - The Worcester Art Museum is pleased to present a series of lectures with some of the leading scholars in the fields of mosaics and Roman culture. Individual lectures cost $6 for members and $8 for non-members. The cost for the series (three lectures) is $12 for members and $16 for non-members. Pre-registration is required by calling 508-799-4406, X-3007.

    A Walk Through Antioch
    Sunday, October 8, 2PM
    Christine Kondoleon, Worcester Art Museum

    Join Christine Kondoleon, curator of Antioch: The Lost Ancient City, as she shares some behind-the-scenes stories about this landmark exhibition. The lecture includes a general introduction to the city of Antioch, the exhibition, and its goals.

    Constantinople: The Other Great Metropolis
    Sunday, December 3, 2PM
    W. Eugene Kleinbauer, Indiana University

    In 330 AD, Emperor Constantine transferred the capital of the Roman Empire to an outpost in the eastern Mediterranean that he renamed Constantinople. Over the next few centuries, this great city grew to surpass Rome in population and importance. Eugene Kleinbauer places Constantinople into the context of late antique urban history, making fascinating and informative connections to Antioch.

    Eight Centuries of Money: The Antioch Mint
    Sunday, January 14, 2PM
    William Metcalf

    From 300 BC to the 6th century AD, the mint at Antioch provided the Roman Empire with currency. William Metcalf, numismatic scholar, tours the mint and its production and helps put into context the recent gift of Antioch coins by Professors Emily and Cornelius Vermeule and those in the exhibition, Antioch: The Lost Ancient City.

    Pictures, Prospects, and Perspectives Underfoot: Roman Floor Mosaics Sunday, October 15, 2PM
    Richard Brilliant, Columbia University
    Cost: $6 members, $8 non-members

    Most mosaics that survive from the ancient world were originally intended to decorate floors. Prof. Richard Brilliant explores the ambiguities of representation and the uncertainties of the apparent surfaces viewed underfoot.

    Christianity in Ancient Antioch
    Sunday, November 12, 3PM
    Susan Harvey, Brown University
    Cost: $10,
    Locations: lecture in Tuckerman Hall and reception at Worcester Art Museum

    The Christianity of ancient Antioch grew and flourished among a diverse populace: a sophisticated wealthy elite, the involuntary poor of the city streets, and middle-class families trying to survive the busy clamor of ancient urban life. This talk explores how the early Christians of ancient Antioch gave a distinctive - and enduring - legacy to the church.

    Eighth Colloquium of the North American Branch of the International Association for the Study of Ancient Mosaics (AIEMA)
    Saturday, November 18, 8:45AM - 9:30PM
    Sunday, November 19, 9AM - 1:45PM
    Cost: $30
    Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Worcester Art Museum

    Hear more than 30 worldwide specialists present recent scholarship in the area of ancient and medieval mosaics. A special session is devoted to the study of the mosaics of Antioch and its related workshops. Pre-registration required. Call 508-799-4406, X-3007.

    The People of Antioch
    Saturday, November 18, 7PM
    Keynote Speaker: Glen W. Bowersock, Institute for Advanced Study
    Location: Worcester Art Museum Café
    Cost: Free and open to the public

    Part of the AIEMA Colloquium, this lecture illustrates why the lavish metropolis of Antioch became such a leading city in late Antiquity. Glen Bowersock fills the streets, houses, and temples of the city with its citizens and shows the lives they lived, the tastes they had, and the cults they observed. The people - and their mosaics - come alive!

    Museum Background

    Opened to the public in 1898, the Worcester Art Museum is the second largest art museum in New England. Its exceptional 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints and drawings is displayed in 36 galleries and spans 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from Egyptian antiquities and Roman mosaics to Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Throughout its first century, the Worcester Art Museum proved itself a pioneer: the first American museum to purchase work by Claude Monet (1910) and Paul Gauguin (1921); the first museum to bring a medieval building to America (1927); a sponsor of the first major excavation at Antioch, one of the four great cities of ancient Rome (1932); the first museum to create an Art All-State program for high school artists (1987); the originator of the first exhibition of Dutch master Judith Leyster (1993); and the first museum to focus its contemporary art programs on art of the last 10 years (1998). The Museum's hours are: Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission: FREE for members; Non-members: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors and full-time college students with current ID; FREE for youth 17 and under; FREE for everyone Saturday mornings 10am-noon sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company. For more information, call (508) 799-4406 or visit the Museum at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester.