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Loyola alumnus and ancient history scholar speaks on campus

November 13, 2009

Loyola alumnus Andrew McCarthy, Ph.D., will return to Loyola University New Orleans to give a lecture “10,000 Years on the Island of Aphrodite.”

The lecture takes place Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m., in Miller Hall, Room 114, located on Loyola’s main campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

McCarthy earned bachelor’s degrees in classics and history at Loyola, and continued his studies at Creighton University and Middlebury College, studying modern and ancient languages and Syro-Palestinian/Egyptian archaeology.

In his early career, he spent time in Leuven, Belgium, studying philosophy and historiography, and worked at the Western Heritage Museum in Omaha, Neb. While pursuing his doctorate at the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland, McCarthy spent another year in Leuven at the Katholieke Universiteit as an international research scholar. He is currently on staff at the University of Edinburgh as an honorary research fellow.

McCarthy’s talk will focus on the Prastio-Mesorotsos archaeological expedition. This endeavor sought to expand the knowledge of the history of the Old Paphos region, aka Kouklia, by examining a community that has a probable 10,000 years of nearly unbroken occupation, making it among the longest-lived sites in the world.

“Cyprus is the acknowledged birthplace of Aphrodite, and Old Paphos is the site of her most important temple in antiquity,” said Connie Rodriguez, associate professor of languages and cultures. “The evidence for what followed is much clearer than what came before, and little is known about the people who founded the Cult of Aphrodite and populated this urban center. It will be interesting to learn more about whether the inhabitants of this rural village were the ancestors of Aphrodite and the future priestesses and priest-kings of Paphos or if they were conquered by invaders from abroad.”

For more information, contact Rodriguez at rodrigue@loyno.edu or call 504-865-2287.

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