Monday 23 May 2016 (7:00 to 8:15pm – All are Welcome)
Title: Pagan Architecture and the Local Gods of North Lebanon during the Roman Period
Speaker: Alia Fares (Archaeologist and Building Historian)
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Alia is an archaeologist, building historian and cultural heritage guide for the ministry of Tourism. She finished her first degree at the American University of Beirut and continued her Masters at the university of Bonn at the department of Classical Archaeology. During the summer since then, She has participated in and led excavations in various parts of the country, such as Baalbeck, Byblos, Sir el Dunniyeh, Tell Arqa and Beirut. Alia has also participated in excavations in Germany, Egypt, Syria and Jordan.
In 2007, she returned permanently to Lebanon to begin her PhD. Her research focuses on the Archaeology and Architecture of Roman temples, specifically those who's function has been altered over the centuries from pagan sanctuaries to Christian churches/basilicas. At the moment she is an instructor for History of Architecture at the faculty of Architecture, Art and Design of Notre Dame University.
The topic of this lecture will be about Roman temples in North Lebanon. During the 1st, 2nd and 3rd c. A.D, the Middle East witnessed an architectural boom in public buildings under Roman rule. Emperors such as Hadrian, Caracalla and Trajan made sure to leave their architectural heritage in various public building forms such as temples. Local ethnic groups adopted this new architecture while keeping their own Gods and rituals alive. It is possible to infer information about these local traditions through the architectural details that differentiate them from Roman temples located in other regions.