The AIA-South Carolina Society is pleased to present a lecture by Dr. Goran Nikšić, city archaeology and architect of Split, Croatia: “Complexity and Contradiction in Diocletian’s Palace.”

The lecture is FREE and open to the public at 7:00 on October 5, 2017 in Simons Center for the Performing Arts, Room 309, on the campus of the College of Charleston. Please bring a friend!

Public parking is available in city parking garages  (Wentworth or Marion Square), just a few short blocks from the lecture hall.

Please stay after the lecture to enjoy a reception and an opportunity for informal conversation and questions with our speaker and other archaeology enthusiasts.

AIA-South Carolina gratefully acknowledges the support for this lecture event from the Archaeological Institute of America, the Dept. of Art and Architectural History, the Dept. of Classics, and the Program in Archaeology at the College of Charleston.

Lecture Summary:

The meaning of Diocletian’s Palace has been oversimplified in most of scientific research during the past two centuries. Although the original purpose of this building has recently been established as the imperial manufacture of textiles, the consequences of such new historical approach on the understanding of the architecture have not been contemplated. The well-known interpretation of the Palace as a classical monument is being substituted with an analysis based on Venturi’s terms, describing the complexity and contradiction of the building on both formal and functional levels. The general design is both schematic and intricate, utilitarian and symbolic. Architectural elements depart from their usual treatment – columns support themselves and are decorative rather than structural, spaces are at the same time open and enclosed. On the functional level there is a clash between the industrial and domestic use, between the profane and sacred, proletarian and imperial. However, these contradictions and ambiguities were not intentional; they are a result of the pragmatic procedure of the architect obliged to solve the seemingly incompatible requirements by the emperor. Following many centuries of constant change and adaptation to the demands of a living city, today the Palace is faced with a challenge of being reduced to a mere tourist attraction. Understanding of the real meaning of the place as a complex, ambiguous and contradictory building could help rectify such a one-dimensional view.

Further reading:

Adam, Ruins of the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian at Spalatro in Dalmatia, London 1764.

Belamarić, The date of foundation and original function of Diocletian’s Palace at Split. Hortus Artium Medievalium 9, 2003: 173–185.

Belamarić, Gynaeceum Iovense Dalmatiae – Aspalatho, in: A. Demandt, A. Goltz, H. Schlange-Schöningen (eds), Diokletian und die Tetrarchie. Aspekte einer Zeitenwende. Millenium-Stud. Kultur Gesch. Ersten Jts. n. Chr. 1, Berlin / New York 2004: 141–162.

Bulić, Lj. Karaman, Kaiser Diokletians-Palast in Split, Zagreb 1929 (re-edition Zagreb 2006).

Cambi, Diocletian (the Person and the Personality) and his Palace, Zagreb / Split 1997.

Hébrard, J. Zeiller, Spalato. Le Palais de Dioclétien, Paris 1912.

Marasović, T. Marasović, Diocletian’s palace, Zagreb 1968.

Marasović, T. Marasović, S. McNally, J. Wilkes, Diocletian’s Palace. Report on American-Yugoslav Joint Excavations, Volume One, Split 1972.

Marasović, T. Marasović, S. McNally, J. Wilkes, Diocletian’s Palace. Report on American-Yugoslav Joint Excavations, Volume Two, Split 1976.

Marasović, Diocletian’s Palace: the world cultural heritage, Split, Croatia, Zagreb 1994.

McNally, J. Marasovic, T. Marasovic (eds), Diocletian’s Palace: Report on American-Yugoslav Joint Excavations, Volume Five, Minneapolis 1989.

McNally, The architectural ornament of Diocletian’s palace at Split, Oxford 1996.

Niemann, Der Palast Diokletians in Spalato, Vienna 1910.

Nikšić, The Restoration of Diocletian’s Palace – Mausoleum, Temple, and Porta Aurea (with the analysis of the original architectural design), in: A. Demandt, A. Goltz, H. Schlange-Schöningen (eds), Diokletian und die Tetrarchie. Aspekte einer Zeitenwende. Millenium-Stud. Kultur Gesch. Ersten Jts. n. Chr. 1, Berlin / New York 2004: 163–171.

Nikšić, The Restoration of the Peristyle of Diocletian’s Palace in Split, in: E. Emmerling (ed.), Toccare – non toccare, München 2009: 116-129.

Nikšić, Diocetian’s Palace – design and construction, in: G. von Bülow, H. Zabehlicky (eds), Bruckneudorf und Gamzigrad – Spätantike Paläste und Großvillen im Donau-Balkan-Raum. Akten des Internationalen Kolloquiums in Bruckneudorf vom 15. bis 18. Oktober 2008. Bonn 2011: 187-202.

Norberg Schulz, Meaning in Western Architecture, New York, 1974.

Venturi, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, New York 1966.

J. Wilkes, Diocletian’s palace, Split: residence of a retired Roman emperor, Sheffield 1986.

 

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AIA Lecture, 2 Feb: “The Islamic-Byzantine Frontier” with Dr. Asa Eger

Join the South Carolina Society in Charleston for a free public lecture by Dr. A. Asa Eger on “The Islamic-Byzantine Frontier”.

A. Asa Eger is Associate Professor of the Islamic World with the Department of History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and holds his degrees from the University of Chicago (Ph.D.) and Rutgers College. (Find about more about Dr. Eger and his research here and here.)

Dr. Eger’s lecture is free and open to the public. Bring your friends!

Thursday, 2 February, at 7 pm.

Simons Center for the Arts, Room 309 (54 St. Philip Street, between Calhoun and George Streets, on the campus of the College of Charleston).

Parking is easiest in two public parking garages on St. Philip Street.

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College of Charleston Faculty Field Reports

Field Reports F16Please join the South Carolina Society for our first event of this fall, College of Charleston Faculty Field Reports. C. of C. archaeologists Maureen Hays, James Newhard, Allison Sterrett-Krause, Scott Harris, and Alvaro Ibarra will give brief talks on their recent research in regions across the world, from the Lowcountry to Romania, Italy, and Greece.

Come learn about exciting new finds and research questions and see how members of your local society are contributing to the development of archaeological knowledge.

Thursday, 8 September, 2016; 7pm

College of Charleston Simons Center for the Arts, Room 309

Free and open to the public. Bring a friend!

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AIA National Lecture: Dr. Cynthia Finlayson, TODAY, Mar. 17

Please join the Archaeological Institute of America, South Carolina Society, for a lecture by Dr. Cynthia Finlayson on March 17, 7 pm, Simons Center for the Arts at the College of Charleston (Room 309).

“New Perspectives Concerning the Ad-Deir Monument and Plateau via Drone Imagery and Excavations at Petra, Jordan”

Reception to follow lecture.

AIA lectures are free and open to the public.

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Of Interest: Classics, Black Colleges, and Civil Rights

This year’s Classical Charleston colloquium, part of the Theodore B. Guérard Lecture Series, examines the role of Classics in the movement for equal education for African-American citizens in the South in the period after the Civil War.

The Classical Charleston colloquium is March 23-24, 2015, in the Alumni Center, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, on the campus of the College of Charleston. Lectures begin at 4:00 pm each day and will conclude around 6:30 pm.

By 1877, the official end of Reconstruction, twenty-five black colleges and universities had been established, mostly in the South. These institutions were created on the classical New England model, with the teaching of Greek and Latin at their core. Over the next four decades, however, there would be a concerted effort by the white educational establishment, philanthropic organizations, and black conservatives to halt the teaching of Greek and Latin. This colloquium will explore the reasons why the opponents of these institutions felt it dangerous for black students to learn Greek and Latin and the measures they took to eradicate these courses. More broadly, the colloquium will explore the tactics of defiance, resistance (both physical and mental), and dissemblance employed by black teachers, parents, and students to maintain the quality of their curriculum. Indeed, the lessons learned at black colleges and universities were not simply academic. They were life lessons of social uplift and civic empowerment.

Lectures in this year’s colloquium are presented in cooperation with the College of Charleston Program of African American Studies.

Dr. Kenneth Goings (Ohio State University) specializes in 19th-20th century African American History. His The NAACP Comes of Age and Mammy and Uncle Mose: Black Collectibles and American Stereotyping both won the Gustavus Myer’s Center’s Outstanding Book Award. Title: Creating a “Culture of Dissemblance”: African American Resistance to the Suppression of the Classics at Black College and Universities, Monday, March 23, 4:00PM [Alumni Center, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance]

Dr. Patrice Rankine is the Dean for Arts and Humanities at Hope College. His interests include how modern authors, in particular African-American Literature, employ classical themes. His recent books include Aristotle and Black Drama: A Theater of DisobedienceTitle: “Performing Classics: The Black Body,” Monday, March 23, 5:30PM [Alumni Center, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance]

Dr. Eugene O’Connor is a managing and acquiring editor at The Ohio State University Press. His interests include Greek and Roman elegy and the reception of classics. He and Dr. Goings are at work on a book on African Americans and the classics from the 1870s to 1940s. Title: “Tell Them We are Rising”: The Formative and Subversive Role of the Classics at Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” Tuesday, March 24, 4:00PM [Alumni Center, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance]

Dr. Michele Valerie Ronnick (Wayne State University), an award winning educator, is one of the leading biographers for 19th century African-American educators. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on the subject, including “Virgil in the Black American Experience.” Title: “Black Carolinians and Classical Education- A Look at the Lives of Five Native Sons:       Daniel Payne (1811-1893), Francis Cardozo (1837-1903), Cornelius Scott (1855-1922), William Bulkley (1861-1933) and Kelly Miller (1863-1939),” Tuesday, March 24, 5:30PM [Alumni Center, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance]

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“Sacred Houses” in Early Iron Age Greece?

Please join the SC AIA for a fascinating lecture:

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University of Thessaly, will speak on the topic of

‘”Sacred Houses” in Early Iron Age Greece?’

Thursday, 22 January, 2015

7:00 pm

Simons Center for the Performing Arts, Room 309

54 St. Philip Street, on the campus of the College of Charleston

This and all AIA lectures are free and open to the public.

 

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Silencing Homer, October 15, 7 pm

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Join us as we celebrate International Archaeology Month with a special screening and performance:

Silencing Homer: The Iliad and The Odyssey in Early Cinema

Three silent films, by three maverick filmmakers, with live musical accompaniment by Corey Campbell and introductions by Kristen Gentile and Alvaro Ibarra.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

7 pm

Sottile Theater

College of Charleston

44 George Street

FREE and open to the public

Co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, the Departments of Classics & Art History, and the Programs in Historic Preservation and Community Planning & Archaeology

 

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SC AIA Announces Lecture Series for 2013 – 2014

Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, all lectures are free and open to the public.  All lectures will be held at 7:00 pm in room 309 of Simons Hall at the College of Charleston.

September 12, 2013:  Matthew Johnson, Northwestern University.  “How Castles Work”

January 23, 2014:  Irene Lemos, Oxford University.  “Out of the Dark: Lefkandi in Euboea after 1200 BCE”

March 27, 2014: Simon James, University of Leicester. “Isle of Druids and Celtic Warriors?  Britain on the Eve of Roman Invasion”

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Archaeology Day!

Archaeology Day is a nation-wide event, established by the Archaeological Institute of America to raise awareness of our shared archaeological heritage – whether it be from around the world or in our own backyard.

This year, the SC AIA society is sponsoring several events:

Thursday, October 25, 7pm:  Christopher Judge, University of South Carolina Lancaster.  “Archaeology and Education at the Johannes Kolb Site.” Simons Center for the Arts Room 309, College of Charleston.

Friday, October 26, 10am – 4pm:  “Survival by Innovation” – Primitive Technology Demonstration.  Cistern Yard, College of Charleston.

All events are FREE and open to the public.

The SC AIA is aided in these events by the Departments of Art History, Classics, and Sociology and Athropology; the Archaeology Program; the Addlestone Foundation; the School of the Arts; and the Archaeology Club.

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First Lecture of the 2012-13 Season!

Dr. Nam C. Kim, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison

“The Intersection of Legend, History & Archaeology in ancient Vietnam”

Thursday September 20, 7 pm, Simons Center for the Arts, Room 309

Free and Open to the Public!

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