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The Mediterranean Sea has formed the shared horizon of innumerable cultures that reach back to the furthest parts of recorded history. Many ancient cities are dotted along this coastline; among the oldest are Tyre, Carthage, Syracuse, Ravenna and Antioch.
The cities’ rich culture is entwined with histories of Alexander the Great, Nebuchadnezzar, Archimedes and a series of conquests that shaped the world. Yet the cities themselves have since fallen into obscurity.
In conversation with Marc David Baer, Katherine Pangonis will bring these lost capitals to life by delving into their history and telling the story of their cultures and peoples. Katherine will also consider why these magnificent symbols of power and prosperity sank into obscurity and ruin.
Access to the Gallery is via a narrow flight of stairs. Unfortunately, the room is not wheelchair accessible.
Katherine Pangonis is a historian specialising in the medieval world of the Mediterranean and Middle East. She holds master’s degrees in Literature and History from Oxford University and University College London. She has a particular interest in rewriting the voices of women into the historical narrative, re-examining understudied areas of history, and bringing her findings into the public eye.
Marc David Baer is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His most recent book is The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars and Caliphs. He is also the author of five other books, including Sultanic Saviors and Tolerant Turks: Writing Ottoman Jewish History, Denying the Armenian Genocide and The Dönme: Jewish Converts, Muslim Revolutionaries and Secular Turks.