The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is
presenting its fourth annual Sandra Church Lecture on Tuesday,
March 6 at 5 p.m. The lecture is sponsored by the Archeological
Institute of America and features Professor Kim Shelton,
Director of the Nemea Center for Classical Archaelogy, Department
of Classics, at UC Berkeley. Professor Shelton will be discussing
the Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea, Greece, and its archaeological
was the site of the pan-Hellenic games and festivals from the 6th
to 4th centuries BCE. The site was violently destroyed in
skirmishes with the Spartans and then extensively rebuilt at the
end of the 4th century with a complex featuring the Bath, the
Hellenistic Temple of Zeus, the Oikoi, and the Xenon, marking a
return of the pan-Hellenic games to the site for the next
The site at Nemea is also featured in many Greek myths,
including the Myth of Opheltes, the Myth of the Seven against
Thebes, and the Myth of Herakles, which in the Roman period
established the connection between Herakles’ slaying of the Nemean
lion and the founding of the Nemean Games.
The lecture is free for Members of SBMA and AIA Members, UCSB
Faculty and Students, $5 others.
Rachel Weight is an Independent intern.