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Armchair Travel - Ancient civilisations of Anatolia
Saturday, 24 May 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Program: Armchair Travel

Venue: Centenary Auditorium, Lower Level 1, AGNSW

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Crossroads of culture

Join University of Sydney archaeologist Dr John Tidmarsh for an armchair tour of Turkey, 'melting pot’ of civilisations.

We visit the mosques of Istanbul, their vast interiors embellished with stunning Iznik tiles and delicate mosaics, and travel along the Mediterranean coast exploring mighty cities such as Ephesus with its colonnaded streets, and wonderfully preserved towns such as Priene, nestling into the wooded Aegean hillsides. We also enter the magical land of Cappadocia with its 'fairy chimneys’ inhabited by early Christians fleeing persecution.

Dr John Tidmarsh is currently the president of the Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation of Sydney University. He is co-director of the university’s excavations at Pella in Jordan and is also co-director of the ANU/University of Melbourne excavations at Jebel Khalid in Syria.

John will be leading the Art Gallery Society’s tour of ancient Turkey in October 2014. Find out more.

10am Coffee, Domain Theatre Foyer
10.30am Talk, Centenary Auditorium

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Armchair Travel

Travel talks based on upcoming Art Gallery Society tours
These talks are presented by tour leaders and aim to investigate the society and culture of the places being visited.