Archaeology lecture at Burpee March 20

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Burpee Museum of Natural History will host a lecture about “A Tale of Four Troys: Homer’s, Schliemann’s, Blegen’s, Korfmann’s” at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 20. Guest speaker will be Dimitri Liakos, professor emeritus of Northern Illinois University.

Since Troy fell in the 13th or 12th century B.C., it has been written about, surveyed, dug into, photographed and speculated upon by countless generations of scholars, students, tourists, poets, historians and treasure hunters. This lecture will review the Troy of the bard and the work of the three major interpreters who endeavored to translate the vision of the poet into the objectivities of the scientist.

Liakos is professor emeritus and former chairman of the Division of Art History in the School of Art at Northern Illinois University. A native of Athens, Ga., Professor Liakos taught art history and archaeology at NIU from 1967 until May 2005. He has worked with Dr. Nikolaos Yialouris at excavations in Babes in Elis and at Bassae in Arcadia, Greece. He served as assistant to Dr. Yialouris in the documentation and arrangement of archaeological finds for display in the Archaeological Museum of Olympia. In addition to numerous presentations and lectures in Europe, Asia, Africa and the U.S., Professor Liakos has directed some 52 travel programs abroad. A frequent and popular lecturer locally, he has delivered 30 lectures at the Art Institute and nine to the Rockford Society. He is co-founder of ALPHA, Friends of Antiquity in DeKalb and a charter member and current president of the Classical Art Society of the Art Institute.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A free reception will be held following the lecture. Burpee Museum, at 737 N. Main St., is handicapped accessible and offers free parking.

from the March 14-20, 2007, issue

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