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Greenberg Center to Explore “Ancient Environmental Catastrophes and Archaeology”

Posted 11/10/2010
Posted by David Isgur

Given the recent catastrophic environmental events in Indonesia and Iceland that have caught the attention of the public, the University of Hartford's Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies will present a symposium on how these same types of environmental catastrophes impacted ancient civilizations.

This symposium on "Ancient Environmental Catastrophes and Archaeology" will feature presentations on some of the most famous sites from antiquity -from Atlantis to Pompeii - that have been destroyed by earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis.  The symposium will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the 1877 Club in the Harry Jack Gray Center, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford.

Presentations will include University of Hartford Professor Richard Freund, who will talk about the ancient cities of Atlantis and Pompeii, followed by University of Illinois Professor Nanno Marinatos' presentation on the eruption of the volcano Santorini and the sudden disappearance of ancient Minoan society. The highlight of the symposium will be a presentation by the Emmy Award-winning director Simcha Jacobovici, who together with James Cameron made the movie, "The Exodus Decoded" on how the eruption of Santorini may have been the inspiration for the ten plagues in the biblical book of Exodus.

The evening will also feature archaeologist Professor Carl Savage of Drew University who will talk about his new book, Biblical Bethsaida: An Archaeological Study of the First Century, about the disappearance of the New Testament city of Bethsaida after a series of earthquakes hit the Sea of Galilee area in Israel.

The symposium is free and open to the public, but seating is limited at the 1877 Club.  Reservation can be made by calling 860.768.4964.