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Storm, War, and Shipwrecks: Treasures from the Sicilian Seas

Storm, War, and Shipwrecks: Treasures from the Sicilian Seas
170 St. George Street Room 1040
Time: Dec 7th, 1:00 pm End: Dec 7th, 3:00 pm
Interest Categories: Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), Italian Studies (FAS), History (FAS), Classics (FAS), before 400 BCE, Art (FAS), Archaeology, African, 400-1200, 400-1 BCE, 1-400 CE
Master class with Dr. Paul Roberts, Sackler Keeper of Antiquities, Ashmolean Museum

The Departments of Art and Classics, and the Archaeology Centre are pleased to present a ROM master class:

Dr. Paul Roberts, Keeper of Antiquities, Ashmolean Museum

Storms, War, and Shipwrecks: Treasure from the Sicilian Seas

This master class will present a new perspective on life in the ancient Mediterranean through fascinating and never-before-seen discoveries made by maritime archaeologies in the waters around Sicily. It tells the story of the migration, warfare, and commerce that took place along the shores of the island from 1000 BC to 1000 AD. The crossroads of the Mediterranean, Sicily lay on the principal maritime routes between the Greek world in the east, and Italy and North Africa in the West. The Island was long visited and fought over by outsiders who came by sea to settle and exploit the abundant natural resources. From the Carthaginians and Greeks to the Romans and Arabs, these contacts and confrontations over two millenia gave Sicily a unique and rich culture. The exhibition, which will take place at the Ashmolean Museum next year, offers a fresh and unexpected view of Sicily's history and diverse inhabitants through spectacular finds rescued from the depths of the sea. Dr. Paul Roberts, curator of the show, will share his unique insight on the subject matter and the making of this exhibition.

Dr. Paul Roberts is the newly appointed Sackler Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum. He was previously Senior Roman Curator in the Department of Greece and Rome at the British Museum. He studied at the Universities of Cambridge, Sheffield, and Oxford and lived in Italy for several years. He has excavated in Britain, Greece, Libya, Turkey, and in particular, in Italy, His research focuses on the day-to-day lives of ordinary people in the Greek and Roman worlds.

This event is free but due to limited seating, registration is required.  Preference will be given to graduate students at the University of Toronto. To register, please email archaeology@utoronto.ca. Light refreshments will be served.

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