San Antonio Museum or Art

Acting and Finding Religion on the Island of Aphrodite by Nicolle Hirschfeld, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Trinity University

Lectures


Tuesday, April 29, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Auditorium

Price: Free.

A recent loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to SAMA comes from Cyprus, pulled out from the ground in 1870, during the raucous beginnings of archaeological exploration of the island. ‘General’ Luigi Palma di Cesnola eventually sold his wealth of discoveries to the Met, to form the nucleus of their collection of antiquities, where they continue to catalyze interest in the buried history of this island at the nexus of the Levant and the west. The statue now in San Antonio was originally set up in the company of several hundred votive sculptures in a temple precinct at the ancient site of Golgoi (near modern Athienou). The greater part of this lecture will seek to put this statue back into context, explaining what archaeologists have learned about the religious practices of ancient Cyprus in the almost 150 years since Cesnola’s first, fantastic discoveries.


This lecture is made possible by the Friends of Ancient Art.

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