The Louisiana Classicist

October 1, 2017

“Complexity and Contradiction in Diocletian’s Palace” – a Lecture from LOYNO AIA (10/3/2017)

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from the Loyola New Orleans AIA chapter“:

Complexity and Contradiction in Diocletian’s Palace

Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: Whitney Bank Presentation Room, Thomas Hall

A Lecture by

Dr. Goran Nikšić

City of Split, Service for the Old City Core,

Obala kneza Branimira

The Charles Eliot Norton Memorial Lectureship of the AIA

free admission and free parking on campus (West Road Garage and the Horseshoe)

Co-sponsored by the Department of Classical Studies and the New Orleans Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

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.


“History of Jews in Split” – a Lecture at LOYNO (10/2/2017)

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from the AIA website:

History of Jews in Split

Sponsored by New Orleans Society and the Department of Classical Studies

AIA Society: New Orleans
Monday, October 2, 2017 – 8:00pm

Whitney Bank Presentation Room, Thomas Hall, Loyola University
6363 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
United States

A Lecture by

Dr. Ana Lebl

Split, Croatia

Monday, October 2, 2017

Whitney Bank Presentation Room

Thomas Hall, Loyola University

free admission and free parking on campus (West Road Garage and the Horseshoe)

Co-sponsored by the Department of Classical Studies and the New Orleans Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

Archaeological and historic sources provide evidence for the strong Jewish presence on the Eastern Adriatic coast since the antiquity. Jews had an important role in trade and other economic activities, particularly in Salona, the capital city of the Roman province of Dalmatia and the most important harbor and market place in that part of the Empire. Based on historical and archaeological research, we have recently proved the presence of a substantial Jewish community within Diocletian’s Palace in Split, situated only a few miles from Salona. Although the Jewish community of Split never surpassed 300 people, it has a rich history and has been very important for the economic and cultural life of the city. In the 16th century, when Sephardic Jews from the Ottoman Empire and from Venice settled in Split, a new synagogue was established in the northwest part of Diocletian’s Palace, in the midst of the Jewish quarter, which was later called the ghetto. In the second half of the sixteenth century Daniel Rodrigez, a Spanish Jew from Venice enlarged the port of Split and founded what became the largest lazaretto in the Mediterranean. He also established the Jewish cemetery on the Marjan hill overlooking the city. The eighteenth century saw the arrival of the Ashkenazi Jews, and modern developments they brought to the city. In the nineteenth century cement industry, a distillery, a book shop, a print house, and a bank were all introduced by several prominent Jewish families. Half of the community perished in the Holocaust, and during the recent war in Bosnia, Jewish refugees from Sarajevo found safe heaven in Split. Today a tiny, but vibrant community of around 100 members plans to open a Jewish museum and thus become more attractive, boost local Jewish identity, enhance the quality of the community life and make it sustainable.

February 18, 2013

Sarah Pomeroy to visit, lecture at LSU

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from Kris Fletcher (LSU):

Dear Friends,

It is my pleasure to invite you all to a lecture by classicist and historian Dr. Sarah Pomeroy entitled LOVE TRIANGLES AND PYTHAGOREAN WOMEN. The lecture will be Monday, February 25, at 4:30 PM in the Design Auditorium (room 103). The lecture is free and open to the public. This lecture is sponsored by the School of Art, the Classical Studies program and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, the Women’s and Gender Studies program, and the Department of History.

Dr. Sarah Pomeroy is an emerita professor at Hunter College and the author of numerous books including Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity, Women in Hellenistic Egypt: From Alexander to Cleopatra, and Spartan Women. She is also one of the authors of the excellent Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History.

For those of you coming from off campus, you can find information about parking here: If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mike Katchmer ( or me (

Feel free to share this information with anyone who might be interested. I look forward to seeing many of you next week.

March 19, 2012

guest speaker Georgia Irby @ LSU

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a bit of news from Kris Fletcher (LSU)

Albert Watanabe has arranged for Professor Georgia Irby to speak at LSU on Wednesday, March 28th at 4 o’clock PM in 139 Allen Hall on “Mapping Vergil: Cartography and Geography in the Aeneid.”

Dr. Irby is currently an Associate Professor of Classical Studies at the College of William and Mary, but is known to many of you from her time as an instructor at LSU (1998-2002). She has published on a wide variety of topics, including religion, science and natural history in the ancient world, some of which studies have provided the background for this talk, in which, examining the ‘Aeneid’ in the context of Graeco-Roman scientific geography (Eratosthenes, Strabo, etc.), Professor Irby explores Vergil’s seamless manipulation of geography to enhance overarching themes of this great epic. Please join us for this event, and pass on our invitation to your colleagues and students.

This talk will also serve as the informal kick-off to the Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, which LSU will be hosting from Wednesday the 28th through Saturday the 31st.

March 10, 2010

Public Lecture at LSU: Prof. Kathy L. Gaca

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The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Presents a Public Lecture By


Kathy L. Gaca

Associate Professor of Classics

Vanderbilt University


Sexual Enslavement and the Law of the Conqueror in Antiquity




                                                                      Gortyos, Tomb of Philip, Vergina, Macedonia (Photo: Manolis Androniko)


March 18, 2010, 4:30-6 p.m.

Hodges 424



For more information, contact Albert Watanabe,, ph.: 578-9026

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