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Renowned scholar to dig deep into archaeological history of Diocletian’s Palace in lecture

Goran Nikšić, PhD, the city archaeologist and architect for the City of Split, and a senior lecturer in architectural conservation at the University of Split, will deliver the lecture, “Complexity and Contradiction in Diocletian’s Palace,” Sunday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m., in the Abbott Lecture Hall at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St., in Omaha.The complicated nature of the archaeological site of Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Croatia, will be the subject of a Norton Lecture co-sponsored by Creighton University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts later this month.

Goran Nikšić, PhD, the city archaeologist and architect for the City of Split, and a senior lecturer in architectural conservation at the University of Split, will deliver the lecture, “Complexity and Contradiction in Diocletian’s Palace,” Sunday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m., in the Abbott Lecture Hall at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St., in Omaha.

A specialist in the history of Roman, medieval and Renaissance architecture, Nikšić also sits on the International Council on Monuments and Sites. In his lecture on Diocletian’s Palace, Nikšić will discuss recent work reflecting the 4th-century building’s original use as an imperial manufactory for textiles and he will address the challenges of maintaining and studying a site like Diocletian’s Palace — the world’s most complete remains of a Roman palace — in a living, modernizing city.

“Dr. Nikšić is a highly-accomplished and distinguished scholar and we are most fortunate to have him come to Omaha and to Creighton to share some insight on his work,” said Erin Averett, PhD, an associate professor of archaeology at Creighton. “The study of Diocletian’s Palace has posed a number of issues for archaeologists over the years with a clash between industrial and domestic uses, between the profane and the sacred, between proletarian and imperial uses.”

The Norton Lectureship is part of the Archaeological Institute of America’s National Lecture Program. The lecture is named for Charles Eliot Norton, founder and first president of the AIA and a longtime professor of the history of art at Harvard University.

Along with the Department of Fine and Performing Arts and the McCormick Fund at Creighton, the lecture is also sponsored by the AIA and its Lincoln-Omaha Society and the Joslyn Art Museum.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

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