Archaeology, Museums & Heritage – Seminar Series | Urban Roman Cyprus: New Evidence from the Pathos Theatre Archaeological Project
Urban Roman Cyprus | New Evidence from the Pathos Theatre Archaeological Project
Craig Barker | University of Sydney
Over the past decades a massive reassessment of Roman material culture on the island has begun, with new examinations of Roman mosaics, coins, imported marble sculpture and water management systems, often presented within the theoretical framework of island insularity and engagement modelling.
The University of Sydney’s Pathos Theatre Archaeological Project is making a modest contribution to this reappraisal, not just through the excavation of Augustan, Antonine, Severan and later phases of the theatre itself but also of considerable Roman infrastructure within the theatrical zone of the ancient capital city of Cyprus including a colonnade, major paved roads, a complex drainage system, a nymphaeum and evidence suggestive of a religious structure near the theatre.
This talk will explore evidence of Roman urbanism within the island’s metropolitan centres such as Paphos, Kourion, Soloi and Salamis. Town planning, road construction, public infrastructure and architectural phasing of both public and domestic structures will be used to examine Roman urbanism in Cyprus in contrast to other areas of the Empire so as to ascertain whether there are any distinctive Cypriot element of Roman urban design and life.
When | Thursday 11 March
Time | 4pm – 5pm
Where | Education Room, Level 3 Chau Chak Wing Museum University of Sydney
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