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Wonders of the Roman Empire - Off Limits Sam Moorehead Monday 18 November 2019

Sam is the National Finds Adviser for Iron Age and Roman Coins at the British Museum. He is an experienced lecturer, writer and archaeologist concentrating on Roman and early Medieval Period. His many books include 'The Romans who shaped Britain' and '31BC Antony and Cleopatra and the Fall of Egypt'. 

Recent turmoil in much of the Near East and North Africa means that many of the most impressive sites in the Roman Empire can no longer be visited. Sam Moorhead was privileged to have been able to work and travel in parts of the Eastern Mediterranean which are now too dangerous to explore – in fact, he was in Syria in March 2011 when the civil war began. This lecture will provide an outline of Roman activity in the region, focussing on cities which have been largely destroyed (for example Hatra in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria), sites which have been heavily looted (Apamaea and Dura Europus in Syria), and places which are now too dangerous to visit (Leptis Magna and Cyrene in Libya). Some of finest architecture, sculpture and mosaics from the Roman world will be presented, highlighting both the richness of eastern Roman culture and the lives of the people who lived in these exotic places.