Monday, 10 November 2014 at 19:00
Musée des beaux arts, Maxwell Cummings Auditorium (1379-A, Sherbrooke Street West)
By Dr. Kutalmis Gorkay, Professor of Classical Archaeology, Ankara University
This lecture is presented in collaboration with the Turkish Embassy.
The Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep, Turkey, is the biggest mosaic museum in the world, with 1,700 m2 of mosaics. It opened to the public on September 9, 2011.
The museum features mosaics from the Greco-Roman site of Zeugma, which is believed to have been founded by a general in Alexander the Great’s army. These mosaics and other archaeological treasures remained relatively unknown until 2000, when artifacts began appearing in museums because plans for a new dam on the Euphrates meant that much of Zeugma would be flooded. A large number of the mosaics still remain uncovered, and teams of archaeologists continue to work on the project.