HalloweeM 45: The Vinyl Frontier
October 29 – November 1, 2020
Program Details 2019*
An Archaeology of Atlantis: Plato’s Dialogues, Minoan Culture, and New Analytical Approaches
In Plato’s dialogues, Atlantis is described as a circular island comprised of concentric zones of earth and water. A cosmopolitan city-state with a grand infrastructure, it supposedly exploded and sank into the ocean in a single day. Many modern archaeologists interpret Plato’s tale as an oral tradition describing Minoan culture, which suffered a catastrophic volcanic explosion around 1,600 BC. Chris Kilgore will share new literary and iconographic parallels between ancient sources and modern cultures. Together, these suggest that cultural vestiges of “Atlantis” have survived to this day.
Chris Kilgore, Mr. Mensa 2018, is a cognitive archaeologist, art historian, and raconteur based in Houston. He has spoken at numerous RGs and AGs and has presented his original research in the United States, France, Britain, Spain, and Belgium. He is a featured lecturer in the École Doctorale of France’s Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, the world's oldest natural history museum. Chris received his MA in Art History from the University of Houston, where he was Art History Writing Fellow.
*Note: This program was offered last year and may or may not be offered again this year.
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