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The Roman Period Temples of Omrit: the Long and Intriguing Life of a Sanctuary

TheOxford Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Miami University Departments of Classics and Comparative Religion, and the Miami University Art Museum present the 2017-18 AIA Feinstone Lecture in the Archaeology of Israel 

The Roman Period Temples of Omrit: the Long and Intriguing Life of a Sanctuary

by Michael Nelson
Associate Professor of Art History Art Department, Queens College, New York

Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 7:30 PM

Miami University Art Museum
801 South Patterson Avenue, Oxford OH
artmusuem@miamioh.edu

Lecture Abstract: Dr. Nelson will present the final results of the excavations of the sanctuary at Omrit in northern Israel, through its phases from a small but ornate, Corinthian-style, rural sanctuary to a remodeled first-century CE, peristyle temple, the construction of which included honors paid to recognize the first temple beneath it. This new temple was fashioned along the lines of the largest Roman period temples like those at Baalbek and Palmyra, while looing back to the earliest shrine by repeating some of its architectural features. The lecture examines the changes in temple architecture through multiple phases of building and remodeling in light of the actions and decisions made by the temples' architects, patrons and users.

Archaeological Institute of America

For information contact James C. Hanges at hangesjc@miamioh.edu Or Steve Tuck at tucksl@miamioh.edu