Greece, Rome, Byzantium: Empires of the Sea

Now Open

From ancient Greek city-states, to Rome and the ‘Byzantine’ Empire, both military and mercantile power in antiquity rested firmly on control of the resources and dangers of the sea. 

Greek city-states built their colonial power on strong navies, Hellenistic empires engaged in naval and mercantile competition from the Adriatic to the Aegean, and Republican Rome vied for supremacy on the western Mediterranean seas. This was the legacy inherited by Byzantium, the Eastern Roman Empire centered on Constantinople.

With artefacts from the Museum’s collection, Greece, Rome, Byzantium: Empires of the Sea dives deep into Mediterranean maritime history, religion, art and archaeology.  

Καλό ταξίδι! (Bon Voyage!)

Curated by Dr Amelia R. Brown with Dr Adam Brennan

Designed by Mr James Donaldson

Supported by the Greek Orthodox Community of St George, Brisbane; Australasian Association for Byzantine Studies; and the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, UQ

Empires of the Sea Exhibition Opening

Fri 2 Jun 2023 4:30pm


Level 2, Michie Building (9)
The University of Queensland, St Lucia
RD Milns Antiquities Museum

Join us for the exhibition opening of Greece, Rome, Byzantium: Empires of the Sea. 

Our latest guest exhibition is curated by Director Dr Amelia Brown with Dr Adam Brennan. The exhibition explores the maritime history, religion, art and archaeology of these empires of the sea, and coincides with the 21st Conference & Biennial General Meeting of the Australasian Association for Byzantine Studies held at The University of Queensland, June 2-5 2023. 

Registration is not required.