ARCE Presents Roger Bagnall, NYU Excavations at Amheida
- The American Research Center in Egypt Presents Roger Bagnall
NYU Excavations at Amheida
Date: Wednesday, June 17th
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: ISAW - Second Floor Lecture Room
Amheida is a vast archaeological site on the western edge of Dakhla Oasis in Egypt. A team of
researchers led by Dr. Roger Bagnall, Director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
at NYU, began the Amheida Project in 2001 with an intensive investigation and survey of the site.
One of the most spectacular discoveries, near the centre of the town in Area 2, is the house of
Serenus, who was part of the city council in the middle of the 4th century. The structure contains
fifteen rooms, one of which was painted with classical wall scenes. On the northern wall, to the
left of the doorway, a mythological scene depicts the legend of Perseus rescuing the beautiful
Andromeda who is about to be devoured by a sea-monster, while to the right of the door is the
Homeric scene of the Return of Odysseus to Ithaca, from his long voyage which brought him to
The site at Amheida will be part of a long-term scheme for the Dakhla Oasis Project. Please join us
for a presentation and discussion on Amheida and its archaeological significance.
This lecture is free and open to the public, but please be sure to RSVP. For more information on the
lecture and other ISAW events, please visit: http://www.nyu.edu/isaw/events.htm. You may also
contact the ISAW events office directly at 212.992.7818. For press inquiries, please contact Suzan
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