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Next LIVE Hybrid Lecture


Dear Members and Guests

We hope you have had an enjoyable summer and welcome you back after our break. The first of our three remaining lectures of the 2022 season will be our


LIVE Hybrid Lecture

(in person and online via Zoom)


on Monday, 19 September 2022

at 8 pm CEST (Berlin)


Palmyra: Bride of the Desert

by Dr Paul Roberts


Palmyra, Syria

Palmyra, Syria

(Photo by aladdin hammami on Unsplash) 


In this talk we look at one of the most beautiful cities of the ancient world, the fabled city of Palmyra, in the Syrian desert. Palmyra arose on a trade route that brought silk, spices and other luxuries across the desert from the east. Her wealth and power are displayed in gorgeous monuments, while her people, wealthy, sophisticated and cosmopolitan, are preserved in their hauntingly beautiful funeral portraits.
Palmyra became so powerful during the Roman empire that its warrior queen Zenobia challenged Rome itself. We’ll see Palmyra’s meteoric rise and its dramatic fall, its rediscovery by English lords, its influence on art and architecture, and then its desecration by Isis. But we finish with the hope that beautiful Palmyra will rise again…


Lecturer: Dr Paul Roberts

Dr Paul Roberts


Dr Paul Roberts is Head of the Department of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford University. He has been a lecturer with the Arts Society/NADFAS for over twenty years, has travelled extensively to societies across the UK, and has also lectured on numerous cruises in and around the Mediterranean.
He studied Classics at the University of Cambridge, and Classical Archaeology at the Universities of Sheffield and Oxford.  He then lived in Italy for several years, teaching and researching.  He has travelled throughout the former lands of the Roman Empire, from Britain to Syria, and has excavated in Britain, Greece, Libya, Turkey and in particular Italy, where he is currently working on a Roman Villa in the Molise region of the Central Apennines. His research focuses on the daily life of ordinary people in the Greek and Roman worlds, and he has written books and articles on Greek and Roman daily life, Pompeii and Herculaneum, Sicily, Roman Emperors, mummy portraits, and Greek and Roman ceramics and glass. He is now writing a guide to the monuments and Emperors of ancient Rome. 
From 1994 to 2015 he was Senior Roman Curator in the Greek and Roman Department at the British Museum, where he curated the exhibition Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum (2013). Arriving in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford in 2015, he co-curated Storms, War and Shipwrecks: Sicily and the Sea (2016) telling the history of Sicily through shipwreck finds. Most recently (2019/20) at the Ashmolean he curated Last Supper in Pompeii, a tribute to the Roman love affair with food and wine.


How to register?


a) For the on-site event at The All Saints Church:

You do not need to register in advance, just come over and attend the lecture in person. Doors open 7:30 pm. Entrance is free for our members, and guests will be asked to pay their entrance fee (adults: €10.00, students: €5.00) at the door.


b) For the online Zoom event:

As usual members do not need to register for this lecture. We will send the Zoom link to all of you one day before the event. We ask our guests to register by clicking on the link below to receive the link for the online Zoom lecture:


Please click here to register as a guest


We look forward very much to seeing you on the 19th, be it in person or online.


Best wishes

The Arts Society Berlin

Ursula Fortune and the members of the Board and Committee




The Berlin Historical Association e.V. (BHA)


We have established an informal partnership with The Berlin Historical Association e.V. (BHA).  From now on TAS Berlin and BHA will cooperate to promote each other’s events. The General Data Protection Regulations prevent us from sharing our membership lists with each other but we have agreed that details of events will be exchanged by, and then disseminated within, each organisation. The cost of BHA events for non-members is €10.00.

We very much hope that this arrangement will be beneficial to both parties, and that we and The Berlin Historical Association might attract some new members as a result.

BHA organise regular, monthly, visits to many sites of historical significance both in and outside Berlin. The BHA programme may be viewed at their website and information on their upcoming event may also be found on our website under Society News.
Why not join them for their next guided walking tour of
"Rebellious Berlin" on Saturday, 17 September 2022?