The Yale Club of Boston - Dura-Europos: Crossroads of Antiquity

The Yale Club of Boston - Dura-Europos: Crossroads of Antiquity
Tue, 05/03/2011 - 6:30pm

Dura-Europos: Crossroads of Antiquity
Yale University Art Gallery Antiquities at Boston College's McMullen Museum of Art

With the Yale Art Gallery under renovation, some of its treasures have gone traveling. Highly significant archaeological artifacts excavated by Yale-led expeditions in the 1920’s and 30’s from the pre-Roman Dura-Europos site in the Euphrates River Valley are now on display in a Yale-BC collaboration at the McMullen Museum of Art on the Boston College Campus. The Yale Club of Boston has arranged for an exclusive evening there, led by Nancy Netzer, PhD, Professor of Art History and Director of the McMullen Musuem of Art and Gail Hoffman (Saybrook '81 - Archaeology Major), Ph.D. of the BC Classics Department and co-curator of the exhibit, which reconstructs some of the ancient city’s religious and cultural spaces to explore the complex interactions among the disparate cultures that inhabited or interacted with this crossroads of the ancient world.

Settled by Macedonians around 300 BC, Dura-Europos was captured by the Parthians late in the second century BC, who built the city into a fortress and trading center on the western border of their empire. Only a few decades later, the Romans seized the city and turned it into a major garrison on the eastern edge of their empire. Remnants of parchment, papyri and carved inscriptions testify to the numerous languages, cultural and religious groups which coexisted in this remarkably cosmopolitan city.

Join us for what will surely be a fascinating introduction to new discoveries and scholarship.

Date: Tuesday, May 03
Time: Gather at 6:30, tour begins at 7:00
Cost: $10 - register via PayPal
You can also register by sending a check to Yale Club of Boston, PO Box 812934, Wellesley, MA 02482
Location: McMullen Museum of Art - 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill (map)
Parking: Commonwealth Garage (free after 6 PM), enter from Commonwealth Ave