Roman Archaeology Group

Perth, Western Australia

RAG Lecture: ‘Puteoli’ and ‘Alba & Augusta Praetoria’

RAG is pleased to announce our first lecture of 2020 will be held on the 29 February, at 1:30pm.

Two lectures will be presented by Emeritus Professor David Kennedy.

Lecture 1: ‘Puteoli’


Illustration of the Temple of Serapis, Puteoli, from Charles Lyell’s Principles of Geology  (1830

From there we set sail and arrived at Rhegium. The next day the south wind came up, and on the following day we reached Puteoli. There we found some brothers who invited us to spend a week with them. And so we came to Rome (Acts 28:13-14, NIV).

As Ostia – the port of Rome on the Tiber, was inadequate before the major harbour works of Claudius and Trajan, Puteoli on the Bay of Naples was developed as a major landfall for not just travellers but the great corn fleet to supply the capital. The remains reflect the consequent prosperity.

Lecture 2: ‘Alba and Augusta Praetoria’
Although there were perhaps 3000+ places in the Roman Empire that qualified as ‘cities’, the greatest concentration was in Italy with – reputedly, about 400. Some are major cities today – Milan, Turin, Bologna etc etc, most are small places but survivals and excavation illustrate just how rich life could be even in very modest places such as these two near Turin.

The lectures will start promptly at 1:30pm in Alexander Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, UWA.

The lectures are free to attend. Afternoon tea will be served between lectures, for which there is a small charge ($7 for RAG members, $12 for non-members). There will also be a raffle. All proceeds go towards travel scholarships for UWA Students to attend fieldwork experiences.

Please RSVP by 25th February to Ann Boyer: 9385 8972;

RAG Poster Feb 2020

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