The Promontory Palace at Caesarea Maritima, Israel

Start: Jan 13, 2014 06:00 PM

Location: Auditorium XLG2 (Ground floor), Christopher Ingold Building, 20 Gordon Street

The Promontory Palace at Caesarea Maritima, Israel

The Institute of Archaeology and Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society will jointly host a lecture by Barbara Burrell (University of Cincinnati) at UCL on 13 January.

Titled ‘The Promontory Palace at Caesarea Maritima, Israel’, Prof Burrell's lecture will explore one of very few Hellenistic palaces integrated into the structure of a major city whose remains are substantially preserved.  It was built as a vital part of Herod the Great's newly founded city of Caesarea, on one of the largest artificial harbours ever constructed in the ancient world.  This lecture will throw light on the building's functions, its place in the urban structure of the city, and its relations to cities and palaces founded by Herod elsewhere in Judaea.  In addition, the Palace's subsequent history as the Praetorium of the province's governors will show how subsequent Roman rulers adapted rulers' palaces as instruments of their own dominion.

Barbara Burrell is Associate Professor of Roman Archaeology at the University of Cincinnati (Ohio, USA).  She has dug at sites across the Mediterranean, including Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Israel, and she is editor of the forthcoming Blackwell's Companion to the Archaeology of the Roman Empire.  She is spending spring of 2014 as a visiting scholar at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in order to write and edit the two-volume final report of her excavation of the Promontory Palace at Caesarea Maritima in Israel.