CAVI Lecture: Professor Sabrina Higgins, Thursday, 2 Nov. @ 7:30 pm, CLE A212

The third meeting of the 2017-18 Academic year will take place on Thursday, 2 November at 7:30 pm in Clearihue, A212.

Professor Sabrina Higgins (Professor, Simon Fraser University) will present a lecture entitled, “Sanctuary and Survival at Golemo Gradiste: Use and Re-Use of a Late Antique Church in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.”

Abstract: In the southeast corner of the Late-Antique province of Dardania lies an abandoned settlement at the centre of which is a large Christian Basilica and an associated residence. Although the church was barely in use for a century before approaching "barbarian" tribes caused the site to be abandoned, the church enjoyed a prosperous existence, fashioned with all of the accoutrements of a rural provincial church. While several of its architectural oddities may be explained by the presence of a well-travelled bishop or architect, it is the life after the initial destruction of the church that has furnished some of the most interesting questions regarding its re-use. This talk, therefore, explores the life of this church in its prime, but also the destruction and subsequent phases of re-use, both as a place of shelter for the surviving town-folk and as an intramural burial site for several of its residents.

The Classical Association of Vancouver Island is UVic’s organization for people interested in the Greek and Roman worlds. Monthly lectures by local and international scholars take place at UVic. Everyone is welcome. To join CAVI and be on our mailing list, please send your name, contact information (address/email), and membership dues (10$/year, cheques payable to CAVI):

CAVI – Department of Greek and Roman Studies
PO Box 1700 STN CSC Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2

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Free and open to the public.