Antioch on the Orontes

Early Explorations in the City of Mosaics

February 28, 2014 – April 20, 2014
Attendance free.


The RCAC always offers rewarding, beautifully illustrated historical shows. This exhibition of historic excavation photographs tells the story of how, before the Second World War, archaeologists unearthed findings from the most brilliant period in the history of Roman Antioch (modern-day Antakya), one of the most important metropolises of the Roman Empire.

The great prize, the astonishing mosaics, would be shared out between museums in France and the United States as Antakya, still nominally independent, only joined the Turkish Republic after a plebiscite in 1939.

The catalogue, published by Koç University Press, is now available from Cornucopia for £29. It includes brief histories of the city and the excavations illustrated by the excavation photographs. The show is curated by Murat Akar of the Archaeology and Art History Department at Koç University.


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