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Pirates and Romans the topic of archaeology lecture Tuesday

Loyola press release - October 5, 2009

Loyola University New Orleans has been chosen as the host site of this year’s prestigious Dunwalke Lecture in archaeology. Chosen by the Archaeological Institute of America lecture program committee, the series features speakers who present on current trends in archeology. This year’s presenter is Dr. Michael Hoff, professor of art history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The free lecture, “Pirates and Romans: Cities of the Rough Cilicia Coast,” takes place Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m., in Miller Hall, Room 114, and is presented by the Classical Studies Program in the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences at Loyola University New Orleans and the New Orleans chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America.

The presentation will highlight the work of the Rough Cilicia Archaeological Research Project, which documents ancient Cilicia communities by studying their urban planning and architecture to gain an understanding of land use and urban needs during the Roman Empire. Ancient sites that will be disucssed include Selinus, Lamos, Juliosebaste and Antiocheia ad Cragum.

“At the end of the Hellenistic period, the south-central coast of Asia Minor, known today as Turkey, was the base of operations for pirates who preyed upon merchant vessels operating in the regions between Italy and the Levant,” said Connie Rodriguez, associate professor of languages and director of the classical studies program at Loyola. “After the Romans rid the area of the pirate threat, cities began to spread at a rapid pace up and down the coast of the province of Rough Cilicia.”

“Although these cities are still visible today, few of these urban areas have been studied or even explored by archaeologists,” said Rodriguez.

In the presentation, Hoff will pay particular attention to the city of Antiocheia, where he is currently excavating a Roman imperial temple.

The Clarence and Anne Dillon Dunwalke Trust, which supports a number of projects sponsored by various cultural institutions in the U.S., donated funds for the establishment of an endowed lectureship in honor of Clarence and Anne Dillon Dunwalke in 2000.

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