Jun 3 - 3, 2017
1 days
All lectures are free. Bookings are essential for Nicholson lectures and should be made directly at nicholson.museum@sydney.edu.au or on 9351 2812. A range of speakers will give talks on the first Saturday of each month from 2-3pm in the Main Quadrangle of the University of Sydney.
Jun 3 - 3, 2017

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All lectures are free. Bookings are essential for Nicholson lectures and should be made directly at nicholson.museum@sydney.edu.au or on 9351 2812. A range of speakers will give talks on the first Saturday of each month from 2-3pm in the Main Quadrangle of the University of Sydney.
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Overview

Academy Travel proudly sponsors the 2017 Nicholson lecture series entitled Postcards from the Past, held on the first Saturday of each month from 2-3pm in the Main Quadrangle of the University of Sydney.

All lectures are free. Bookings are essential for Nicholson lectures and should be made directly at nicholson.museum@sydney.edu.au or on 02 9351 2812.

Venue Location: The General Lecture Theatre, The Quadrangle – Sydney University, Manning Rd, Camperdown NSW 2006

Upcoming lectures

Saturday June 3, 2017

2.00pm-3.00pm: Postcard from Carchemish: in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia

Speaker: Dr Jamie Fraser

The ancient city of Karkemish, on the Syrian-Turkish border, is one of the most remarkable but least visited archaeological sites in the Middle East. A once mighty capital of the Hittite empire on the upper Euphrates River, Karkemish now lies as an immense ruin-field of temples, palaces, statues and reliefs. Yet these incredible remains have been off-limits for almost a century, after the Turkish army constructed a garrison on the site in 1920 to monitor the frontier. Karkemish has enjoyed an aura of mystique ever since.

This talk presents a postcard from Karkemish drawing on the British Museum’s excavations at the site from 1911-1914. Undertaken by archaeological luminaries such as Leonard Woolley and T. E. Lawrence, these excavations have often been regarded as cover for more clandestine activities deep in the Ottoman Empire at the outbreak of WWI.

Saturday July 1, 2017

2.00pm-3.00pm: Venice and the ancient world: Byzantine and Roman Models

Speaker: Robert Veel

In the modern age, Venice is celebrated for its uniqueness – its unlikely location, its distinctive art and architecture, the social and political structure of the Venetian Republic, its ties to the sea and to the East. Yet so many aspects of Venice’s ‘unique’ character actually derive from antiquity, both Byzantine and Roman. This talk explores the complex relationship between Venice and antiquity, looking both at Byzantine precedents and the way Renaissance Venice used ancient Roman  models in its politics, art and myth-making.

Saturday Aug 5, 2017

2.00pm-3.00pm: Florence through the eyes of a 15th-century artisan

Speaker: Dr Kathleen Olive

Fifteenth-century Florence was the cultural powerhouse of Europe, with a host of artists and writers reshaping understandings of art, mathematics, science and philosophy. The culture that produced these figures extended far beyond the great names of the past and the city’s libraries and archives offer us unparalleled insight into the daily lives, aspirations, tastes and reading habits of middling people too. Join Dr Kathleen Olive as she takes us into the world of Marco di Bartolomeo Rustici, a 15th-century goldsmith whose illustrated manuscript provides a fascinating view into Renaissance Florence during its golden age.

Saturday Sep 2, 2017

2.00pm-3.00pm: Qatna (Tell Mishrefeh)

Speaker: Dr Paul Donnelly

Saturday Oct 7, 2017

2.00pm-3.00pm: Amarna: Egypt’s City of the Sun

Speaker: Dr Conni Lord

Tour Inclusions

All lectures are free. Bookings are essential for Nicholson lectures and should be made directly at nicholson.museum@sydney.edu.au or on 9351 2812.

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Grade 1
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A Grade 1 tour is appropriate for travellers in good health with good mobility, who can comfortably participate in up to 3 hours of physical activity per day on most days.
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