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Rediscovering the wonder: John Turtle Wood (and his wife) at Ephesus

temple of artemisProfessor Tim Parkin from the University of Melbourne will give the last lecture for this year of the Greek History and Culture Seminars series. The lecture entitled “Rediscovering the wonder: John Turtle Wood (and his wife) at Ephesus” will be presented at the Greek Centre, on Thursday 27 September.

The temple of Artemis at Ephesus was held to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, yet it disappeared from sight for centuries until an enterprising English architect, John Turtle Wood, set upon rediscovering it.

In this illustrated talk, Professor Parkin will look at how Wood and his wife went about it and the trials and tribulations they faced, quoting extensively from contemporary accounts, included his own.

Tim Parkin joined the Classics and Archaeology department at the University of Melbourne in 2018 as the inaugural Elizabeth and James Tatoulis Chair in Classics. Before this he had spent over eleven years as Professor of Ancient History at the University of Manchester (UK). He is a New Zealander by birth who was awarded a D.Phil. at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and who, since 1989, has worked in universities in New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom, as well as spending 14 months in Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow.

Tim's teaching covers both Greek and Roman history and classical languages. His main research is in ancient history, particularly Roman social, cultural, and demographic history. Among his publications are Demography and Roman Society (1992), Old Age in the Roman World: A Social and Cultural History (2003), Roman Social History: A Sourcebook (2007), and The Oxford Handbook of Childhood and Education in the Classical World (2014). He is currently working on, inter al., ancient sexual health, in particular sexually transmitted diseases.

When: Thursday 27 Spetember 2018, 7.00pm
Where: Greek Centre (Mezzanine, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne)

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