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The Evans Memorial Lecture: The Mosaics of Syria and their New Documentation

6pm, Thursday 10th December 2009

Stevenson Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, The British Museum,  London WC1

A lecture by Dr Konstantinos D. Politis, Hellenic Society for Near Eastern Studies

Followed by wine

Lecture abstract

The mosaics of Syria are artistically some of the highest quality in the Mediterranean world. There are around 400 which survive dating from the Graeco-Roman, Byzantine and Islamic periods. The main centres of production were at Antioch, Apamea and Philipoupolis, though most areas of Syria also made mosaics. From 2003 - 2008 a new documentation project was conducted which entered all the mosaics of Syria in a custom-made database. The results of this project, illustrated with visually stunning mosaics, will be the subject of this lecture.

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