The inaugural lecture will be hosted at the Benaki Museum / Pireos 138, eleven months after Delivorrias’s passing.
His Excellency the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopiοs Pavlopoulos will honour the event with his presence.
The 2019 ’Angelos Delivorrias’ Annual Lecture will be given by the friend and colleague of Angelos Delivorrias Eugenio La Rocca, Ordinary Member of the Accademia Naionale dei Lincei and Professor Emeritus of Archaeology and Greek and Roman Art History at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’. In his capacity of Superintendent of Cultural Heritage of the City of Rome, Eugenio La Rocca has coordinated the new arrangement of archaeological museums and promoted numerous restoration works of ancient monuments; he has also conducted archaeological excavations and curated several significant exhibitions of international renown. His extensive academic work is fundamental to archaeological and art historical research.
Professor La Rocca's lecture on ‘The parietal mosaics in the mouseion of the Domus Aurea in Rome’ will discuss the luxurious decoration of the mouseion, an enormous hall of the Domus Aurea dedicated to the Muses. The Domus Aurea (‘Golden House’) was the vast palace built by the Emperor Nero (AD 54-68) in the heart of Rome. The mosaics that cover the walls of the hall depict the posthumous apotheosis (triumphant deification) of an intellectual, probably a great poet. The preliminary study of these mosaics has allowed us to expand our knowledge of both Roman culture and the much later Christian-era mosaics, which recall the glamour of this Late Antique art.
The lecture will be given in Italian; a simultaneous interpretation into Greek will also be available.