Perth, Western Australia
The Perth Roman Archaeology Group will be meeting next Saturday, 26th September, in the Alexander Lecture Theatre, University of Western Australia (Arts Building).
1:30 – c. 4pm.
The first of the two lectures will commence at 1:30pm. There will be no afternoon tea served on the day. However, the University Club and the Library Café are open to provide you with all of your tea and coffee needs. But as there will be no tea, there will be no charge collected at the door. For those wishing to join RAG or to renew your membership, you’ll be able to do that on the day.
Emeritus Professor David L. Kennedy will be presenting the first lecture, titled: “Cities of the Adriatic Lagoons: ‘Venice’, Aquileia and Ravenna”
Abstract: The north-western end of the Adriatic Sea is characterised by low-lying land, islands, marshes and lagoons. Venice is the most famous city in this water region but it was a late-Roman development, a successor to the earlier small towns of the Veneti, most notably Altinum. Better known in Roman times were Aquileia and Ravenna, both major port cities now several kilometres inland, surrounded by reclaimed lands.
After a short break, Dr Christopher Mallan will be presenting the second lecture, titled ‘The Rediscovery of Roman Britain’
Abstract: In the preface to the second edition of his Britannia, William Camden expressed his purpose as ‘restoring antiquity to Britain, and Britain to antiquity.’ Yet Camden was not the first (nor was he the last) to have these aims. Focussing on the period between the 12th century and the 17th century, this talk considers some of the ways historians have used the history of the Roman occupation of the island as a way of defining Britain’s relationship with the continent of Europe, as well as a way for them to create new political and cultural identities.