ASTENE organises various events throughout the year in order to allow members to have access and to learn about the lives, homes and collections formed by early travellers.
This page provides information about upcoming events and those which have taken place over the years. For more information about ASTENE’s events, please contact events organiser: firstname.lastname@example.org
Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF) and ASTENE: Joint Event
In 1867 the PEF began its first serious fieldwork in the Holy Land, sending a team of Royal Engineers led by the young Captain Charles Warren to explore the topography of Jerusalem and seek to identify the location of the Temple. During the first part of the expedition Warren and his team stayed in the best hotel in Jerusalem, the Mediterranean. Also in 1867 the Reverend Henry Ward Beecher’s Plymouth Church organised one of the first American ‘package tours’, and a young journalist and budding author, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, from Hannibal, Missouri, better known to posterity as Mark Twain, rushed to secure a place on the tour. While the group were in Jerusalem, they, also, stayed in the Mediterranean Hotel. The result of Mark Twain’s tour was the book which catapulted him to national fame, The Innocents Abroad. This talk will follow Mark Twain and his fellow tourists through Lebanon and the Holy Land, as he pokes fun at himself, his fellow ‘innocents abroad’, and the people and countries through which he travelled.
Date: Thursday 13th September 2018
Venue: BP Lecture Theatre
Booking: Via the British Museum’s Box Office – Tel: +44 (0)20 7323 8181 Online: www.britishmuseum.org
PLEASE NOTE: Booking for the event (via the BM box office) won’t be available until a month to two weeks before the start of the event, so for those who are interested please save the date and ASTENE will send a reminder to book closer to the time.
Please see attached flyer: PEF -ASTENE Lecture Sept13th 2018
For more information please see the PEF website: https://www.pef.org.uk/lectures/
Western Perceptions of Ancient Egypt
Saturday 22nd September 2018
Chaired by: Dr Aidan Dodson, FSA, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology & Archaeology, University of Bristol
ASTENE are pleased to present an Autumn Study Day, to be held at BRLSI (Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution) in the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. The programme will be suitable for both Egyptology enthusiasts and those with a general interest in Art.
The day will trace the depiction of Ancient Egypt through the ages, by looking at the artists charged with portraying this exotic land and introducing Egypt to the Western world.
First, we examine the opening up of Egypt with Napoleon’s Campaign and study the work of Vivant Denon, who accompanied Napoleon, and depicted Egypt so vividly in his art.
After a break for coffee, Briony Llewellyn will look at Victorian Orientalist painter David Roberts, who showed the ancient monuments in a contemporary setting with his beautiful paintings.
After lunch, we consider the work of Norman and Nina de Garis Davies. Nina is acknowledged as the leading 20th-century exponent in recording the ancient tombs.
Finally, we bring the day to a close with a look at the way Ancient Egypt has been depicted on the stage and screen.
For full details see the Astene Western Perceptions Programme
Travellers in Ottoman Lands: The Botanical Legacy
Book Launch & Lecture
Thursday 18th October 2018
ASTENE’s Travellers in Ottoman Lands: The Botanical Legacy book launch and lecture, hosted by the committee for Travellers in Ottoman Lands, at the Nomads Tent, Edinburgh.
Come along and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere at the Nomads Tent, for the launch of Travellers in Ottoman Lands: The Botanical Legacy published by Archaeopress, July 2018. Dr Crinan Alexander of the Royal Botanic Garden will give a talk on Prof. Peter Davis and his work on the Flora of Turkey. A buffet will be provided.
Please see attached flyer: TIOL launch invite ASTENE
Details of the new book: Travellers in Ottoman Lands: The Botanical Legacy
This splendidly illustrated book has its origins in a two-day seminar held in May 2017 at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, organised by the Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East (ASTENE) in conjunction with the Centre for Middle Eastern Plants, with additional support from Cornucopia and the Turkish Consulate General, Edinburgh. The book focuses on the botanical legacy of many parts of the former Ottoman Empire – including present-day Turkey, the Levant, Egypt, the Balkans, and the Arabian Peninsula – as seen and described by travellers both from within and from outside the region.
Date: Thursday 18th October 2018
Venue: Nomad’s Tent, 21-23 St Leonard’s Lane, Edinburgh, EH8 9SH (Tel: 01316621612)
Booking: RSVP to: email@example.com by 8th October 2018