A lecture by the American Research Center in Egypt-Northwest Chapter and Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum*
Wednesday November 9, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Dr. Joel Walker
Cleopatra’s Pearls: Trade and Adornment in Roman Egypt
Pearls, the only gem created by a living animal, were widely prized in the Roman world as markers of status and beauty. Stories about their mysterious origin in India and display at the courts of Alexandria and Rome enhanced their appeal through the Mediterranean World. Cleopatra in particular was reputed to be a great lover of pearls.
In his talk, Professor Walker will explore Egypt’s role in the ancient pearl trade and the story of the world’s most famous pair of pearl earrings.
Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, 314 Marion St., Seattle
Evening parking for $5 in garage across the street at 901 Fifth Ave. or Seattle Public Library for $6. Easy walk from University Street Link Station
The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) is a private, non- profit organization founded in 1948 by a consortium of educational and cultural institutions to support research on all aspects of Egyptian history and culture, foster broader knowledge among the general public, and strengthen American-Egyptian cultural ties.
The ARCE Northwest chapter is based in Seattle and serves Washington state.
Most ARCE-NW Chapter lectures are FREE (except where noted) and open to the public. Most events are held in Seattle, WA.