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Santa Barbara, CA United States

October 2015

Stephanie Dalley, The Hanging Garden of Babylon: An Elusive World Wonder Traced

October 22, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Karpeles Manuscript Library, 21 West Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA United States
bookcover of Stephanie Dalley's The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon

Speaker: Stephanie Dalley Oxford University Archaeological Institute of America Norton Lecturer   Event Description: Babylon’s Hanging Garden is the only one of the original seven wonders to have been dismissed as imaginary. Neither archaeologists nor Assyriologists could find evidence for it, and the Greek sources describing it are centuries later than its supposed existence. An ingenious and detailed solution to the problem has been found at last, allowing a fact-based reconstruction of the garden, and an appreciation of the system…

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November 2015

John McK. Camp, The Archaeology of Democracy

November 9, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Karpeles Manuscript Library, 21 West Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA United States
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Speaker: Dr. John McK. Camp Director of the Athenian Agora Excavations   Event Description: Ancient Athens is generally regarded as the birthplace of the world’s first democracy. The administrative center of Athenian democracy was the Agora, the main square of the city, which has been under excavation for the past eighty-five years. Here have been found the buildings which housed the government (magistrates’ offices, law courts, and assembly places), along with the objects used every day to make sure the…

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January 2016

Frank Frost, “The City of Emporion: The Ancient Greeks in Spain”

January 17, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Karpeles Manuscript Library, 21 West Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA United States
Phokaian trading city, Emporion aerial photograph

About the Talk Early in the sixth century BC, a group from the Greek city-state of Phokaia established a trading post on the Catalan coast not far from present-day Barcelona. It eventually became a major military base and trading center for the expansion of the Roman empire. Using the work of archaeologists supplemented by his own photographs made during several trips to the region, Frank Frost will tell the story of this remarkable and little studied place. About Our Speaker Frank…

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May 2017

A Woman’s Drink? Gender & the Global History of the Tea Shop

May 20, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Karpeles Manuscript Library, 21 West Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA United States
6.3 Afternooon Tea Palm Beach illustration - potentially a hand colored photograph

In this talk, Professor Erika Rappaport of the UCSB History Department explores how tea shops emerged in the 18th century and came to be defined as “women’s spaces” in 19th century and early 20th century Europe and North America — but as “male spaces” in parts of Africa and South Asia. These institutions helped build mass markets but also shaped the “gendered” meanings surrounding selling and drinking tea. Original manuscripts will be on display.

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October 2017

Diocletian’s Palace: Design and Construction

October 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Karpeles Manuscript Library, 21 West Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA United States
Diocletian's Palace-Peristyle

Speaker: Goran Nikšić is the City Archaeologist and Architect for City of Split in Croatia (Service for the Old City Core), and the Senior Lecturer on architectural conservation at the University of Split.  He holds his degrees from the University of Zagreb (Ph.D.), the University of York, and the University of Belgrade.  His areas of specialization are architectural conservation and the history of architecture, particularly Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance architecture.  From 2004 on he has served as an expert for…

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January 2018

Life and Death at Ancient Eleon: Excavations in Central Greece, 2011-2017

January 31, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Karpeles Manuscript Library, 21 West Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA United States

A lecture by Brendan Burke, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada. Excavations at ancient Eleon, located 15 km east of Thebes in central Greece, have revealed a center of vibrant activity throughout the Late Bronze Age, starting with a burial complex of the Late Helladic I period (ca. 1600 BCE) and continuing to significant settlement remains of the Late Helladic IIIC period (ca. 1100 BCE). Work has also revealed intriguing…

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December 2018

UCSB History Associates Lecture: “Pious Postmortems: Anatomy and the Making of Saints”, Professor Brad Bouley

December 1, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Karpeles Manuscript Library, 21 West Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA United States
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During the Reformation, the Catholic Church suffered a crisis in one of its oldest and most powerful institutions: belief in the saints. To support the veneration of these individuals, canonization officials turned, it would seem paradoxically, to medical science. Canon lawyers and physicians thought that medicine could be used to prove miracles. The category of supernatural was, however, a tricky one and so canon lawyers, theologians, and doctors developed a range of techniques to establish the bounds of nature. This…

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November 2019

UCSB History Associates present: What Was “Royalty” in Early Modern England

November 2, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Karpeles Manuscript Library, 21 West Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA United States
event flier for what was "royalty" in early modern england

The wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in June 2016 stimulated a new round of interest in and curiosity about the concept of “royalness.” Visitors to the Karpeles Library asked such questions as “will Meghan Markle ever be considered a queen,” “who gives titles of nobility” (princes, princesses, dukes, earls, etc.), and “how did royals get there?” This talk will compare the powers and position of Queen Elizabeth I, her Tudor predecessors, and some of her Stuart successors. Elizabeth…

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December 2019

Queen Victoria and the Making of the Modern Monarchy

December 7, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Karpeles Manuscript Library, 21 West Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA United States
Queen Victoria black and white

In this talk, Dr. Erika Rappaport, Professor and Chair of the Department of History at UCSB and historian of British consumer culture, explores how Queen Victoria became the first media monarch. Queen Victoria was unmatched in bringing the monarchy into the modern age, becoming the subject of intense media attention, criticism and adoration. In her reign we can see the first hints of what has become the modern role of the monarchy as cultural icon and celebrity. Erika Rappaport is…

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February 2020

Anna Rudolph, “Queen Radegund and the Monarchy in Medieval Europe”

February 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Karpeles Manuscript Library, 21 West Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA United States

Come hear Anna Rudolph‘s presentation on Queen Radegund (520AD – 587AD) – a royal sainted lady of Thuringia. Radegund was a princess and a war captive who became the unwilling queen of the Frankish Kingdom and one of the most beloved Saints of France. Radegund, an extreme ascetic, was widely believed to have the gift of healing. Venerated for centuries, she has given us insights into the changing conventions of elite and royal women’s spirituality. Radegund is the patron saint…

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