Creating a Domus Worth of the Gods – Constructing the Roman Empire


The roman empire was able to spread its built architectural heritage to the farthest regions of the Mare Nostrum, compelling researchers today foremost to try to understand its forms and typologies at an unfortunate loss of information of the actual constructors and architects behind these masterpieces of the antique world. There is a need to give credit to some of those roman scholars as the lecture focuses on the building mechanisms and techniques of the period, the military programs leading to this architectural expansion, identified with the help of that tiny bit of archaeological evidence found on few diverse stelae and carved reliefs. In a final act of gratitude to the local engineers, pagans who designed and funded these works of architectural perfection, credit is given to one of the very few inscriptions left on the roman temple facades of Sfire, on top of one of the highest mountain cliffs of Northern Lebanon.

Presenter: Mrs. Alia Fares, Archeologist
As a German Lebanese, AUB educated archaeologist and Germany trained building historian, Alia Fares has been working as an archaeologist and cultural heritage consultant in the Middle East for decades. She also works as a cultural tour guide with local Lebanese tour companies. At the moment, she is finishing her PhD in Roman architecture at the Department of Archaeology of the Roman Provinces at the University of Cologne, Germany. Her main pivotal interests are devoted to the rugged mountainous roman temples of Lebanon, with a focus on 2 adjacent antique sacred buildings in Ain Akrine, North Lebanon.

LAU Louis Cardahi Foundation will host the webinar in collaboration with the Phoenicians’ route and the Lebanese Tourguides Syndicate.

Welcome note by Dr. Rachid Chamoun, President of the Phoenicians’ Route & Director of LAU Louis Cardahi Foundation.


The webinar will be broadcast live on: