Non-members are welcome. A donation of $10 per person includes entry in the lucky door prize and afternoon tea.
Among the 18th-century expeditions to Greece, the Ionian expedition sponsored by the Society of Dilettanti must rank as one of the most important. Led by the young, talented antiquarian Richard Chandler and drawing on the architectural and artistic expertise of Nicholas Revett and William Pars, the expedition acted as a catalyst for reviving British interest in the artistic legacy of Greek culture. Chandler's published account of the expedition preserves a fascinating account of the difficulties and challenges as well as the rewards of travelling in Ottoman Greece and Asia Minor. The talk includes images of a number of important watercolours by Pars shown for the first time in Australia. Professor Blanshard holds the Paul Eliadis Chair of Classics & Ancient History at The University of Queensland.
Adrian Heyworth-Smith, "Founding Father", twice President and Patron of Friends of Antiquity, was a fine Latin scholar who, as Adjunct Professor, taught Latin poetry to advanced and Honours level students. The Friends honour his memory with this annual lecture.