UNE to show Bronze Age paintings of the ‘Palace of Nestor’

Published 29 July 2011

nestorThe University of New England will soon offer ancient history enthusiasts a rare opportunity: to view and hear about 50,000 fragments of wall paintings more than 3000 years old from the so-called “Palace of Nestor” at Pylos in Western Greece.

The speaker at the University of New England’s next Aspects of Antiquity lecture on Thursday, August 11 at 5.30pm is a specialist on this site which dates to before 1200 BC.

Professor Jack Davis, the Carl W. Blegen Professor of Greek Archaeology at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, will be the speaker. He is an acknowledged expert on this site, and in this he follows in the footsteps of Carl Blegen who dug at Pylos and (among much else) found wall frescoes there.

The title of the lecture is, “Reconstructing an Iconographical Program of the Palace of Nestor at Pylos: New Wall-Paintings and their Interpretation.”

Professor Davis, accompanied by his wife Dr Sharon Stocker, who is also an archaeologist, is visiting UNE and Armidale as the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens 2011 Visiting Professor. Currently Prof Davis and his wife reside in Athens where he is the Director of the American School of Classical Studies.

All are welcome to his lecture on Thursday evening, which will be held in the Junior Common Room (above the Dining Hall) at Earle Page College. The next morning, Friday 12 August at 9.30 in the University’s Arts Building lecture Theatre 3, Professor Davis will speak at the School of Humanities weekly Research Seminar series. His paper is entitled, “Dateline 1180 BC: The Palace of Nestor after the Collapse of Mycenaean Society”, and concerns who lived in Messenia in W. Greece, and what level of lifestyle and affluence there was before the coming of the Spartans in the 8th century BC.

Enquiries: Greg Horsley on 6773 2390 or 6773 2555.