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Pagans in Palestine Topic of Lecture

Loyola press release - October 4, 2004

Pagans in Palestine Topic of Lecture

Loyola University New Orleans and the New Orleans Society of Archaeological Institute of America present “Pagans in Palestine: The Roman Marble Sculptures from the Sanctuary of Pan at Caesarea Philippi/Panias, Israel,” by Elise A. Friedland, Ph.D., on November 15 at 8 p.m., in Nunemaker Auditorium, in Monroe Hall, on Loyola’s main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave.

Friedland is the George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Scholar in Classical Studies, and associate professor of classical art and archaeology at Rollins College. Friedland received her bachelor of arts in Classics from Williams College and her doctorate in classical art and archaeology from the University of Michigan.

Her areas of specializations are Roman sculpture: Roman Near East and Museum studies. Friedland has conducted extensive fieldwork in Jordan and Israel, including excavations of the Sanctuary of Pan at Banias. Friedland has published numerous articles and holds many committee positions nationwide for The Archaeology Institute of America.

In her lecture, Friedland will talk about recently discovered marble statuary in Israel and Jordan, focusing in particular on 29 pieces from the Sanctuary of Pan at Caesarea Philippi/Panias in the northern Golan Heights. Analysis of these pieces suggests that the majority of them were imported from Asia Minor and Greece, fully carved. This indication of “marble trade” proposes that local patrons wanted to communicate their assimilation to and participation in mainstream Graeco-Roman culture. Friedland will also demonstrate that through the study of objets d’art, we can learn more about patterns of trade and cultural assimilation in the Roman Near East.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact professor of classical studies, Connie Rodriguez, at 865-2287.