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  • From Olympus to the Streets of Constantinople: The Byzantine Retirement of the Ancient Gods — Dumbarton Oaks
    of Art West Building Lecture Hall In this lecture Anthony Kaldellis explains the role of Hellenistic art during the Byzantine era For centuries Constantinople the capital of the Byzantine Empire was the largest and most impressive open air museum of classical art in the world To adorn their capital emperors selected and imported the best surviving pieces of classical sculpture from the Aegean region Kaldellis explores the cosmic and imperial messages that their contemporary architectural arrangements conveyed before they were irretrievably lost in fires and wars This lecture coordinated with and supported by Dumbarton Oaks accompanies the National Gallery of Art s exhibition Power and Pathos Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World on view from December 13 2015 through March 20 2016 Find out more Add event to calendar vCal iCal Document Actions Print this Share Filed under February 2016 Byzantine Studies Classical Tradition Public lecture Oaks News January 2016 Navigation Studies Programs Fellowships and Grants Byzantine Studies Staff Current and Former Senior Fellows Current and Former Fellows and Visiting Scholars Scholarly Activities The Afterlives of Alexander in the Byzantine World Discovering Byzantine Lives Evidence in Texts Images and Material Culture From Olympus to the Streets of Constantinople The Byzantine

    Original URL path: http://www.doaks.org/research/byzantine/scholarly-activities/from-olympus-to-the-streets-of-constantinople (2016-02-18)
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  • Curator's Tour: Pondering — Dumbarton Oaks
    further notice Info Curator s Tour Pondering 75 Years 75 Objects March Rotation March 4 2016 03 00 PM to 04 00 PM Dumbarton Oaks Museum Twice a month the Museum will offer a Curator s Tour of the current Special Exhibition 75 Years 75 Objects During the month of March the theme is Pondering While some artwork came to the Dumbarton Oaks collections already extensively researched and published many more pieces entered the collection without much accompanying information raising the basic question What is this The pieces in this exhibit represent instances where the usual art historical methods focused on attribution or function have resulted in pondering dead ends Find out more Add event to calendar vCal iCal Document Actions Print this Share Navigation Museum About Plan Your Visit Guided Tours Byzantine Collection Pre Columbian Collection House Collection Browse the Collections Online Galleries and Exhibitions Special Exhibition Gallery 75 Years 75 Objects Curator s Tour Pondering Past Special Exhibitions Byzantine Galleries Pre Columbian Galleries House Collection Galleries Textile Gallery Orientation Gallery Rare Book Gallery and Reading Room Online Exhibitions Online Publications Museum Volunteer Opportunities Museum Shop Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection 1703 32nd Street NW Washington DC 20007

    Original URL path: http://www.doaks.org/museum/galleries-exhibitions/special-exhibitions/75-years-75-objects/curators-tour-march1 (2016-02-18)
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  • Public Events — Dumbarton Oaks
    here for more information on regularly scheduled tours and instructions for booking a group tour Symposia and Colloquia Symposia are open to the public please see the individual event pages for the forms and information about registration fees Colloquia are generally closed to the public Public Lectures Throughout each academic year Dumbarton Oaks hosts a series of public lectures that highlight our three areas of study as well as related fields Lectures take place in the Oak Room of the Fellowship House at 5 30 p m Admission is free but reservations are required information regarding reservations and guest lecturers can be found on the public lecture event pages Please note Public lectures take place in the fourth floor Oak Room of the Fellowship House located at 1700 Wisconsin Avenue NW at the corner of R Street and Wisconsin Avenue Friends of Music Concert Series Admission is available by subscription only The cost of a subscription for all seven concerts is 350 When additional seats are available admission 54 per person can be arranged on the Friday before the concert For more information about subscribing to Friends of Music and about upcoming concerts see here Museum Events These include exhibition

    Original URL path: http://www.doaks.org/news-events/public-events (2016-02-18)
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  • Tyler Fellow Update: David Ungvary — Dumbarton Oaks
    Library DOML My first assignment was to comb meticulously through a draft translation of the poetic works of Venantius Fortunatus who flourished in sixth century Merovingian Gaul The opportunity to conduct such a close reading could not have served me better Fortunatus is an author central to my dissertation which focuses on the social roles Latin poets played in Mediterranean communities of the early Middle Ages ca 500 700 CE Besides allowing me to develop an auxiliary editorial skill set that will likely serve me later in my career my institutional project has contributed directly to my dissertation research Even outside of my work on DOML I have made great progress in my dissertation To reframe my study more broadly I am grappling with manifold transformations of literary identity and with the dynamic interworking of intellectuals in the aftermath of empire in an attempt to answer one overriding question what became of the Latin poet a cornerstone figure of the Roman cultural tradition in the two hundred years after the erosion of the Western Roman Empire This question carries me to various Barbarian kingdoms scattered around the Mediterranean and to Byzantine lands as well to Constantinople and western provinces reconquered under Justinian where Latin poets continued to thrive At Dumbarton Oaks the library s tremendous resources in late antique and early medieval studies have met my Latin centric project s every need But it is the people here that have advanced my ideas and scholarship most of all Having the opportunity to dialogue with such an impressive and diverse community of scholars has expanded my academic horizons and provided fresh insights that have already added dimension to my research I am proud and grateful to be a member of such a friendly and engaged community and look forward to seeing

    Original URL path: http://www.doaks.org/news-events/newsletter/news-archives/tyler-fellow-update-david-ungvary (2016-02-18)
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  • From the Garden Blog — Dumbarton Oaks
    Oaks after the Snowstorm taken by Gardener Luís Mármol on January 26 For more pictures visit our garden blog What s Blooming at D O Document Actions Print this Share Filed under February 2016 Oaks News Navigation News Events Hotels near Dumbarton Oaks Events Friends of Music Newsletter News Archives From the Garden Blog Blogs and Social Media Public Events Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection 1703 32nd Street NW

    Original URL path: http://www.doaks.org/news-events/newsletter/news-archives/from-the-garden-blog-1 (2016-02-18)
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  • Dumbarton Oaks Seeks New Volunteers — Dumbarton Oaks
    consider applying to be one of our Visitor Service Volunteers Visitor Service Volunteers welcome visitors to Dumbarton Oaks recommend things to see and do within the museum and answer general questions about the collection special exhibitions and museum facilities Find out more and apply on our website Document Actions Print this Share Filed under February 2016 Oaks News Navigation News Events Hotels near Dumbarton Oaks Events Friends of Music Newsletter

    Original URL path: http://www.doaks.org/news-events/newsletter/news-archives/dumbarton-oaks-seeks-new-volunteers (2016-02-18)
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  • 75 Years Ago this Month: The First Junior Fellows Arrive — Dumbarton Oaks
    from Dante and Gerard Hopkins to Harold Nicolson and Maurice Baring His humor is plentiful if pedagogic and though his scholastic opinions appear to be quite firmly established he has a pleasant receptivity to the potential usefulness of books with titles such as Mazes and Labyrinths Origins of Applied Chemistry Florence Eli Day 1908 1990 Florence Day was an Islamic art specialist who had been born in Beirut then part of Syria She was educated at Vassar College AB 1930 and Radcliffe College MA 1931 She had worked on the 1936 Princeton Institute for Advanced Study s excavation at the Islamic site of Gözlükule at Tarsus in Turkey before receiving her doctorate in Islamic art from the University of Michigan 1940 She came to Dumbarton Oaks to work on a paper The Islamic Finds at Tarsus which she published in Asia in 1941 vol 41 pp 143 46 At the time of her fellowship the male Junior Fellows inhabited the Fellows Quarters later called the Fellows Building and now called the Guest House and it was thought unseemly for both men and women to live in the same building For that reason Day occupied a bedroom in the servants quarters on the third floor of the Main House at Dumbarton Oaks Florence Day was the only one of the first Junior Fellows to continue her fellowship into the 1941 42 academic year Called Flossie by her colleagues and Florence mon enfant by Maître Focillon Above average height Square lines Her long blond hair cascades over her shoulders and falls across her forehead in a heavy bang Behind thick glasses is discoverable a pair of very blue and smiling eyes Her teeth are white and even and her voice which is without any trace of harshness carries usually in its flow an agreeable mixture of words and low laughter She was born in Beirut where her father was head of the American College and where she lived till she was eighteen years of age Her parents are now both dead and one gathers that she is very much on her own and has at times had a hard time making two ends meet Her clothes are simple and often delightful For example little straight coats of some Eastern cotton material in beautiful colors sometimes quilted in a free design Edward Capps Jr 1902 1969 Edward Capps received his AB 1924 MFA 1927 and PhD 1931 degrees from Princeton University and came to Dumbarton Oaks to prepare his dissertation on late antique and early Christian ivories for publication At Princeton Capps had been the student of Charles Rufus Morey However he had disagreed with Morey s view that Byzantine art stemmed either from neo Attic or Alexandrine models and declined to have Morey supervise his dissertation After his fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks Capps became a member of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies and continued to teach at Oberlin College where he held a joint appointment in the classics and art history

    Original URL path: http://www.doaks.org/library-archives/dumbarton-oaks-archives/from-the-archives/75-years-ago-this-month-the-first-junior-fellows-arrive (2016-02-18)
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  • Gardens — Dumbarton Oaks
    standing in rather neglected grounds at the highest point of Georgetown Within a year the Blisses hired landscape gardener Beatrix Farrand to design the gardens Working in happy and close collaboration for almost thirty years Mildred Bliss and Beatrix Farrand planned every garden detail each terrace bench urn and border Since that time other architects working with Mildred Bliss most notably Ruth Havey and Alden Hopkins changed certain elements of the Farrand design The gardens have also changed in function In 1940 Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss gave the upper sixteen acres to Harvard University to establish a research institute for Byzantine studies Pre Columbian studies and studies in the history of gardens and landscape architecture They gave the lower more naturalistic twenty seven acres to the United States government to be made into a public park An additional ten acres was sold to build the Danish Embassy In 1941 anticipating the inevitable changes that would accompany the gardens different function Farrand began to write a Plant Book to define her design intentions and suggest appropriate maintenance practices Her suggestions for stewardship still prove useful today more than sixty years later Document Actions Print this Share Navigation Gardens Map of

    Original URL path: http://www.doaks.org/gardens/index (2016-02-18)
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