Guest lecture with Mary Jane Cuyler: Recent Discoveries at Roman Ostia’s Ancient Synagogue
Although discovered in the early 1960s, several aspects of the synagogue in the ancient harbor city of Ostia outside Rome have remained unrevealed. Dr. Mary Jane Cuyler presents recent discoveries in this lecture.
Dr. Mary Jane Cuyler
The discovery of a synagogue at ancient Rome’s harbor city of Ostia made big headlines in the early 1960s. The excavations were never completely published and therefore aspects of the complex, including even the century in which it was built, have been a source of debate and uncertainty. In an attempt to resolve some of these issues, a team from the University of Texas at Austin has carried out a review of the archival evidence for the work carried out in the 1960s and conducted new excavations of the synagogue. This lecture will present some of the more recent discoveries (and the still lingering questions) of the Ostia synagogue.
About the lecturer:
Dr. Mary Jane Cuyler has worked with the team at the Ostia synagogue since 2006 and as Director of Field Operations since 2011. Her University of Sydney Ph.D. thesis examined the late Republican period at Ostia from archaeological, historical and mythological perspectives. She is the winner of the 2018 Byvanck Award for her groundbreaking research on archaeological and epigraphic remains at Ostia.