Diocletian’s Palace at Split

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Wednesday 16th October 2019

The late antique emperor Diocletian saved the empire from collapse by instituting a new system of government.  However, his most enduring legacy was probably his wide-ranging building schemes which included renovation work at Palmyra, Luxor, and the existing Senate House in the Roman Forum.  This lecture looks at his monumental palace at Split (modern-day Croatia), including the domed mausoleum and the southern façade along the sea front. We will also consider its impact on the young architect Robert Adam, leading to him publishing illustrations of the building and subsequently to its influence on neo-classicism and 18th century architecture.

Dr Isabella Image

After a first degree at Cambridge, Isabella spent her twenties working as a civil servant before deciding to return to further study at Oxford. She eventually completed a doctorate on the fourth century bishop, Hilary of Poitiers.

She has now been teaching and researching free-lance on Late Antiquity for over ten years, ranging from Oxford tutorials to study days for the general public. As well as covering art and architecture for the Arts Society, she has taught on a range of aspects of the period, including its theology and philosophy (from Plotinus through Augustine to Boethius) and history (from Constantine through to the Fall of Rome). She has also written or edited a number of books and articles.

Isabella lives in Oxford with her husband Robin (an eighteenth-century historian) and their cocker spaniel Clemmie.



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