Provincial Archives, University of New Brunswick Fredericton Campus
Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3
Dr. Hector Williams, University of British Columbia: Goddesses, Whores, Vampires and Archaeologists: Excavating Ancient Mytilene, Friday, September 23, 2016, 7:30 pm. University of New Brunswick Archives. Classical Association of Canada, Eastern Lecture Tour 2016-2017.
With support from the Archaeological Institute of New Brunswick and the Department of Classics and Ancient History UNB.
Since 1983 a team from the University of British Columbia directed by Professor Hector Williams has been uncovering areas of ancient Mytilene, the largest city on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. This talk will present some of the team's fascinating discoveries: a sanctuary of th fertility goddesses Demeter and Kore, a medieval burial chapel in the castel of the town, a vampyre burial of the 19th century, and a fine Roman building that seems to have become a tavern/brothel in its final days in the mid 4th century after Christ. Dr. Williams will also look at the gladiators of Roman Lesbos, so important that th ecity converted its venerable theatre into an arena for blood sports.