Upcoming Lecture: A Tale of Two Sunken Harbor Cities: The Harbors of Athens and Corinth

AIA Central Arizona Society February Lecture

Title: A Tale of Two Sunken Harbor Cities: The Harbors of Athens and Corinth

Speaker: Bjørn Lovén, Saxo Institute at the University of Copenhagen

When and Where: Thursday, February 23, 2017, 6pm, Benedictine University Community Room, Mesa Campus, 225 E Main St, Mesa AZ.

Free and Open to the Public

Professor Bjørn Lovén is a Research Associate with the Saxo Institute at the University of Copenhagen and he holds his degrees from the University of London (Ph.D.) and Aarhus University.  His areas of specialty are the archaeology of ancient harbors and submerged sites: he is director of the Zea Harbour Project at ancient Piraeus in Greece, co-director of the Lechaion Harbour Project in Corinth, Greece, and has done extensive fieldwork at underwater and harbor sites around the Mediterranean.  Professor Lovén is an AIA Kress Lecturer for 2016/2017.

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Upcoming Lecture: Reconstructing the Lupanar: Form, Design, and Operation of Pompeii’s Purpose-Built Brothel

AIA Central Arizona Society November Lecture

Title: Reconstructing the Lupanar: Form, Design, and Operation of Pompeii’s Purpose-Built Brothel

Speaker: Michel Zajac

When: Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6pm

Where: ASU West Campus, Lecture Hall, Room 110

Despite being the only universally-recognized building for prostitution from the ancient Roman world, the purpose-built brothel (lupanar) of Pompeii remains a misunderstood structure.  Modern research has painted an incomplete picture of the edifice, with nearly all emphasis being assigned to its sexually-explicit aspects while its other details are ignored.  This is especially true in regard to its rarely-seen second floor, a segment that has almost no scholastic record of study.  Through a careful examination of the remaining physical and archaeological evidence, this talk shall reconstruct the lupanar as an economic enterprise embedded in a larger urban fabric, generating a more comprehensive illustration of this thus-far unique construction.

Michel “Mike” Zajac is an independent scholar who has taught at Arizona State University and throughout the Maricopa Community College system since 2009. He holds a B.I.S. degree in Art History and Psychology (summa cum laude) and an M.A. in Art History, both from ASU.  He conducted his graduate fieldwork at Pompeii, and has worked as a researcher and excavator for six seasons at the Greco-Roman site of Marion / Arsinoe in Cyprus.  He is the former Secretary of the Archaeological Institute of America’s Central Arizona Society.
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Upcoming Lecture: The Goddess of Wine: Sex, Politics, and Intoxication in Early Etruria

AIA Central Arizona Society October Lecture

Title: The Goddess of Wine: Sex, Politics and Intoxication in Early Etruria

Speaker:Antony Tuck, University of Massachusetts Amherst

When: October 27, 2016, 6pm

Where: Pueblo Grande Museum, Community Room. 4619 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Few regions of the world are as closely associated with wine as is Tuscany. It’s tradition of viticulture extends back thousands of years to the time of the Etruscans. And within those earliest Italian cities, wine was employed as a vital political instrument, an essential facet of the complex social and religious tapestry of Etruscan life. Archaeological excavation at the site of Poggio Civitate offers a window onto the customs and beliefs associated with wine within this enigmatic population of early Italy. Not only does paleobotanical evidence point to the practice of viticulture at the site, the equipment associated with wine consumption reveals the faceted and nuanced way in which wine and intoxication was linked to the Etruscan fertility divinity, Uni. This associated between wine and fertility represents one of the central ways in which aristocratic behavior at the site sought to define and perpetuate its relationship to this essential Etruscan sovereignty divinity.

Anthony Tuck is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Director of Excavations at Poggio Civitate. He is the recipient of Umass’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 2015 ad the author of several publications regarding his dig, including Vinum: Poggio Civitate and the Goddess of Wine (Montreal 2015).

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Upcoming Lecture: Agatha Christie and Archaeology

AIA Central Arizona Society September Lecture

Title: Agatha Christie and Archaeology

Speaker: Irene Bald Romano, University of Arizona

When: September 22, 2016, 6pm

Where: Benedictine University, Community Room, Mesa Campus, 225 E Main St, Mesa, AZ

Dr. Irene Bald Romano brings to life Agatha Christie’s archaeological experiences and the cast of archaeological characters that inspired some of her fictional characters. Married to archaeologist Max Mallowan, Agatha Christie worked alongside her husband at famous Near Eastern sites such as Ur (where they first met and which inspired Murder in Mesopotamia, 1936), Nineveh, and Nimrud, places that have recently been in the news as targets of destruction by ISIS. Dr. Romano will present a glimpse of these sites as they were in the days of Mallowan and Christie and their current sad state.

Archaeologist Irene Bald Romano holds a joint appointment as Professor of Art History in the School of Art and Professor of Anthropology in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. She also has affiliated appointment in the Department of Classics and in the Religious Studies Program, and is the Curator of Mediterranean Archaeology at the Arizona State Museum of the University of Arizona.

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Spring Elections – Results

Good evening, everyone!  The spring elections for the Central Arizona Society of the AIA are now closed.  The results are as follows:

Vice-President – Almira Poudrier

Treasurer – Matt Simonton

By-Laws Amendment – Passed

Please congratulate our officers for their continuing hard work, and stay tuned for announcements regarding our upcoming 2016-2017 lectures!

Spring Elections – Candidate Bios

Good afternoon, everyone!  The nominations are in, and we have two candidates running for officer positions this year – Almira Poudrier is running for the position of Vice-President, and Matt Simonton is running for the position of Treasurer.  Their biographies are found below.

Ballots shall be mailed out via E-mail on April 24th, and voting shall conclude on May 1st.  Your vote is important, so please respond when the online ballot appears.

Good luck to our candidates!

Almira Poudrier:

Dr. Almira Poudrier is Senior Lecturer in the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Greek from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Classics from SUNY Buffalo. Her research interests include Greek history and religion, particularly the material culture of religious space and cult described in Herodotus. A specialist in teaching first-year Latin, she teaches many of the lower division Latin courses at ASU as well as frequent courses in ancient Greek and Roman language, myth and culture. As faculty sponsor of Solis Diaboli (the Classics club on campus), and as liaison for Apples + Archaeology, she organizes classroom visits and several outreach activities both on and off campus.

Matt Simonton:

Matt Simonton is Assistant Professor of History in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies at ASU. He specializes in the history of Archaic and Classical Greece, particularly the area of politics. Matt received his BA in Classics from Washington University in St. Louis and his PhD, also in Classics, from Stanford University. He has been a member of the faculty at ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences since 2013. He has served as Treasurer of the Central Arizona chapter of the AIA for the past two years and has enjoyed it immensely. If elected Treasurer again, Matt will continue to work hard to bring exciting speakers to AIA lectures and to find new avenues for fundraising and support.