Smyrna: The Eye of Asia

When:
6 December, 2014 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
2014-12-06T09:30:00-05:00
2014-12-06T17:00:00-05:00
Where:
BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum
The British Museum
Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
UK
Cost:
£40, Members/concessions £30, includes lunch and refreshments
Contact:
British Museum Ticket Desk
+44 (0)20 7323 8181
William Pars. Sepulchral monument at Mylasa. 1765. watercolor. 29.7 x 47.1 cm. Department of Prints and Drawings, British Museum
William Pars. Sepulchral monument at Mylasa. 1765. watercolor. 29.7 x 47.1 cm. Department of Prints and Drawings, British Museum

Classical colloquium in honour of Charles Sebag-Montefiore
Smyrna: The Eye of Asia, Part Two

This event celebrates the 250th anniversary of the setting out of the first Ionian expedition, commissioned by the Society of Dilettanti, to the west coast of Turkey. The travellers were to settle at Smyrna, modern Izmir, the home of the Levant Trading Company, traditionally an international centre for foreigners travelling in the Ottoman world. Together with its unscheduled sequel in mainland Greece, the expedition was one of the most important cultural enterprises of the 18th century. It comprised a team of three talented men, the Classical scholar Richard Chandler, the architect Nicholas Revett and the young painter and draughtsman, William Pars. The published record of their experience had far-reaching consequences for modern understanding of Classical Turkey.

9.30 – 10.00 Registration in the Clore foyer

10.00 -10.15 Welcome and Opening remarks
Lesley Fitton (Department of Greece and Rome, British Museum)

10.15-10. 30 This Wonderful Day
Ian Jenkins (Department of Greece and Rome, British Museum)

10.30-11.30 A New Species of Human Being
Tuğba Tanyeri Erdemir (Centre for Science and Society. Science and Technology Museum, Middle East Technical University, Ankara)

11.30-12.00 Coffee in the Clore foyer

12.00-12.30 The Society of Dilettanti and Mediterranean Archaeology in the Eighteenth Century
Jason M. Kelly (Director, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Arts and Humanities Institute, Associate Professor of British History, IUPUI)

12 .30-13.00 Travels with Richard Chandler
Alastair Blanshard (School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics, The University of Queensland)

13.00-13.15 Discussion

13.15-14.30 Lunch in the Clore foyer

14.30-15.00 Chandler the Epigrapher Robert Pitt (Athens)

15.00-15.30 The Troad Lesley Fitton (Department of Greece and Rome, British Museum)

15.30-16.00 William Pars – His life and work
Kim Sloan (Department of Prints and Drawings, British Museum) 

16.00 Discussion and concluding remarks by Charles Sebag-Montefiore

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