Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
Often neglected by Classical scholars, the shining seas of coastal Dalmatia in southern Croatia were powerfully attractive to ancient Greeks and Romans, who first visited, colonized, and then conquered this region during the 1st millennium BCE. Located on several trade routes from central Europe to the Mediterranean, Dalmatia was home to peoples commonly called the Illyrians or Liburnians, who possessed a complex and vibrant culture of their own. Centuries of interaction with Greeks and Romans profoundly impacted these ancient Dalmatians, resulting in changes that can be traced through the archaeological record. New evidence reveals a fascinating story of collaboration and conflict between these groups; a tale which includes the famous “Illyrian pirates.” Using finds from recent excavations, this lecture discusses the most transformative periods of Greco-Roman activity in the eastern Adriatic (6th c. BCE to 2nd c. CE) and offers fresh insights into ongoing debates about ancient Mediterranean trade, traders, and colonization.
Lecture will be in-person and live Zoom cast. RSVP required for in-person attendance (limit 50 persons). The AIA-LA County Society asks that all attendees be vaccinated and wear a mask if the lecture needs to be held indoors.
Zoom at https://ucla.zoom.us/j/96714745295
Meeting ID: 967 1474 5295