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December 2, 2022
4:00 pm
Weaver 102
The ongoing excavations in the village at Huqoq in Lower Eastern Galilee have uncovered a monumental, Late Roman synagogue paved with floor mosaics depicting a series of remarkable biblical and non-biblical scenes. This lecture (developed in collaboration with Dr. Karen Britt) considers the sophisticated visual strategies that were employed across the various zones within the synagogue’s mosaic program to structure and mediate the viewing experience. The composition, placement, orientation, and framing of the various mosaic panels or groups of panels in the synagogue conditioned how viewers would have moved through—and thus experienced—the carefully differentiated spaces within the building. This analysis demonstrates the value of an approach to synagogue mosaics that foregrounds their physical placement within the broader architectural environment.

The lecture will be held in person in Weaver 102. To attend by Zoom, register in advance at

Sponsored by the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and the Jewish Studies Program

November 1, 2022
5:00 pm
Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library
How do we know when we are looking at images of Africans in Greek art? And how can we talk productively about what Greeks saw in these images? Neither question has a straightforward answer thanks to the conventions used by Greek artists and the conflicting expectations of ancient and modern people about the representation of “race.” This lecture considers the increasingly popular subject of the representation of Africans in the ancient Mediterranean by focusing on the Greek visual evidence, especially vase paintings of Aithiopia. Co-sponsored by the local AIA society, the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, the Department of Anthropology, and the African Studies Program
Weaver 102
This year’s CAMS lecture series will focus on various explorations of the spaces, rituals, texts, and visual realms that constituted the physical stages and mental landscapes of the religious experience in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East. The series will include speakers representing a range of topics and regions, from ancient Mesopotamia and the Phoenician world to Early Judaism and Christianity in Late Antique Egypt.

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October 13, 2022
– October 15, 2022
Meet archaeologists from the Departments of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Anthropology on Thursday, October 13 from 1:30-2:30 pm in 409 Carpenter! Hear about their work in the field and ask them questions about working as an archaeologist. (There will also be food!) Then on Friday, come to an open house (11am-4pm) at the Matson Museum of Anthropology and learn about the process of creating a display of ancient objects in their galleries. There will be opportunities to talk with people who work with these objects and even handle some of them yourselves! These activities are co-sponsored by the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, the Archaeological Institute of America, and the Matson Museum of Anthropology.
CAMS Assistant Professor Jake Nabel has been selected to receive a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship for the 2022/23 academic year. Awarded on a competitive basis, the Loeb Fellowship funds major research projects within the field of Greek and Roman studies. Its support will allow Prof. Nabel to complete his monograph, The Arsacids of Rome: Royal Fosterage and Interdynastic Kinship in Roman-Parthian Relations, for the University of California Press. A study of ancient interstate politics, the book reappraises the relationship between Rome and the Iranian empire of Parthia by foregrounding the careers of several Parthian princes who were sent to live at the court of the Roman emperor in the first century CE.
April 22, 2022
3:30 pm
Join us on April 22 at 3:30pm for the final installment in our lecture series “New Approaches to the Ancient Mediterranean.” Bethany Hucks’ talk will present a guide for the use of 3D models in the Classics classroom from the perspective of methodological theory and the evaluation of source materials rather than a digital manual. What kinds of questions can and cannot be answered when building or viewing models? How can we determine which information to include and how can we know what may be missing or misrepresented in the archival records used to create models? How can 3D models increase equity and access to Classics for culturally deprived communities? What can 3D models teach us about the way ancient people thought about ideas such as authenticity or cultural connectivity, and about the ways that we think about ancient people? What are the practical considerations, limitations, and opportunities that 3D models can provide? The Zoom link is


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