Our next zoom lecture by Dr John Pearce entitled ‘From the Nile to the Itchen: Serapis in a Winchester water garden’ takes place on Monday 10th May at 6pm.

The Water Close Garden in central Winchester was created in the 1950s by Sir Peter Smithers to give pleasure to everyone walking to and from the Cathedral Close.  It houses the stone bust of a Romanized Egyptian god, Serapis. Presiding over the pooled waters of the Itchen, the god is an enigmatic presence, half hidden by the magnolias now dominating the garden. This talk traces the story of Serapis, and representations of him, from Alexandria via Rome to Winchester, and considers the resonances of the statue in its garden setting.

 Dr John Pearce, a resident of Winchester, has taught Roman archaeology at King’s College London since 2004. As well as funerary practices, frontiers and inscriptions, his research interests include the images of gods, humans and animals created in Rome’s provinces.

 Tickets are £5.00.  Please click here to purchase a ticket.  

 Follow this link to read about the garden http://research.hgt.org.uk/item/water-close-garden/