Exploring Israel and Portugal’s Common Ancestry
In what promises to be the first of many successes, Portuguese Friends of Tel Aviv University, headed by its president, Lucienne Kampel, hosted their first event ever, an archaeology-themed visit to Lisbon by TAU Professor Oded Lipschits, Director of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology.
Prof. Lipschits spoke to an audience of 130 guests at the National Museum of Archaeology in Lisbon, discussing “Between Bible and Archaeology: Jerusalem as a Symbol and in Reality.” Following the lecture, Israeli Ambassador to Portugal Raphael Gamzou, and his wife, Michal, hosted 40 people for a dinner in the professor’s honor. Among the distinguished guests were ambassadors, business leaders and members of academia and the Jewish community, as well as the Director of the National Museum of Archaeology, Dr. Antonio Carvalho, and the Director of the Institute of Archaeology in the University of Lisbon, Prof. Dr. Carlos Fabião.
Following the museum lecture, Prof. Lipschits and a group of 8 toured the Roman ruins in Ammaia, located close to the Portuguese - Spanish border. Along with the guided tour, Lipschits was also interviewed by a local TV station. He spoke about the common history between Portugal and Israel as it relates to the Roman empire and the opportunities available to advance research relevant to both countries. “Since we have the same finds and artefacts, we can exchange students and share knowledge to better understand how people lived under the Roman empire,” he said.
Prof. Lipschits’ second lecture, “The Sound of Silence”: Ramat Rahel and Moza – A Palace and a Temple Near Jerusalem That Changed Our Understanding of the Biblical Period,” was held at the University of Lisbon in front of 50 students.