Dr.Christine Kondoleon Speaks at UNH,
Delivers Twelfth Lecture for John C. Rouman ClassicalLecture Series

(HCS) On Wednesday, October 18, 2006, Dr.Christine Kondoleon of the Museum ofFine Arts at Boston delivered a lecture titled "FromHouse toChurch: Charting the Course ofArtistic Transformations inEarlyByzantine Art" to a capacity crowd inDurham.

Following a dinner in her honor held at the award-winning Three Chimneys Inn, the George D. and Margo Behrakis Curator of Greek & Roman Art delivered her public address. Students, faculty and members of the public filled Richards Auditorium in Murkland Hall, asking a number of questions afterward and giving the renowned scholar a standing ovation.

Dr. Kondoleon received her MA from Yale University in 1975 and her Ph.D. fromHarvard in 1985. After serving a long tenure at Williams College, where she was Chair of the Art Department, she was named to the position of Curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Worcester Art Museum, where, among much else, she produced and mounted the exhibition "Antioch: TheLost Ancient City."(Read about exhibition catalogue.) In 1995, she was called upon to serve as the first-ever George D. and Margo Behrakis Curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she was responsible for the very well received exhibition on ancient athletics: "Games for the Gods: The Greek Athlete and the Olympic Spirit." (Read about exhibition catalogue.)

Dr.Christine Kondoleon

A scholar specializing in late antiquity, Dr. Kondoleon has written numerous books and articles. In addition to the exhibition catalogue for Antioch, she also authored Domestic and Divine: Roman Mosaics in the House of Dionysos (1995) and The Art of Late Rome and Byzantium in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (1994, with A. Gonosova).

The John C. Rouman Classical Lecture Series is named after one of the most distinguished scholars and faculty members of the University of New Hampshire, a testament to the extraordinary dedication Dr. Rouman exhibited and continues to display toward the Classics. A former Fulbright Scholar in Byzantine Greek, he has won the prestigious National Award for Excellence in Teaching of Classics and the Distinguished Teaching Award from UNH. His work in promoting classics has had a truly lasting effect.

Dr. Kondoleon (front, center) poses with
Advisory Board for the Lecture Series

Created in 1997 by the Christos and Mary Papoutsy Charitable Foundation, this series of lectures and events continues to promote and enhance awareness of the Classics in New Hampshire and beyond. The series has covered a wide range of subjects within Greco-Roman civilization including mythology, literature, history, art and language, featuring lectures and performances delivered by internationally recognized scholars. Past speakers for the series have been John Silber, Bernard Knox, Brunilde Ridgway, Anna Marguerite McCann, Stanley Lombardo, Victor Hanson, Lynn Sherr, Jonathan Shay, Donald Kyle, Mary Lefkowitz, and Monica Cyrino.
For the Tenth Anniversary of the establishment of the series, the Advisory Board is finalizing plans to host Michael Wood, legendary film producer and historian from England, at Durham in October 2007. More details will be announced shortly.

(Posting date 19 November 2006

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