The Rostovtzeff Lectures
Each spring ISAW sponsors a series of four lectures, named after the great ancient historian Michael I. Rostovtzeff. A Russian ancient historian, Rostovtzeff came to the U.S. after the Russian Revolution and taught for many years at Yale University as Sterling Professor of Ancient History. Rostovtzeff’s prodigious energies and sprawling interests led him to write on an almost unimaginable range of subjects. ISAW’s Rostovtzeff series presents scholarship that embodies its aspirations to foster work that crosses disciplinary, geographical, and chronological lines.
Jean-Luc Fournet, professeur au Collège de France à la chaire de « Culture écrite de l’antiquité tardive et papyrologie byzantine », will deliver the 2017 Rostovtzeff Lectures in March and April 2017.
The following lectures have been delivered in this series:
Authorship, Tradition, and Performance in Early China
The inaugural Rostovtzeff Lectures were given in 2010, by Martin Kern (Princeton University).
- Texts as Rewritten Traditions
- Writing and Performance
- The Staged Author and the Rise of Literature
Photo: Princeton University.
The Origin of Monsters: Image, Cognition, and State Formation in the Ancient World
The 2011 Rostovtzeff Lectures were given by David Wengrow (University College London).
- The Sumerian Innovation
- The Cultural Ecology of Monsters
- Fantastic Creatures between Nature and Nurture
- The Demonic State
Photo: University College London.
These lectures were published in 2013 in a volume entitled The Origins of Monsters: Image and Cognition in the First Age of Mechanical Reproduction.
Shifting Narratives in Egyptian Christian Visual Culture
The 2012 Rostovtzeff Lectures were given by Elizabeth S. Bolman (Temple University).
- Upper Egypt and the Roman Empire in Late Antiquity
- Death, Decorum and the Making of a Saint at the White Monastery
- Masculinity, Animals and Asceticism
- Imitating Saints, Painting Identities
Photo: Temple University.
The Sovereign Assemblage: Sense, Sensibility, and Sentiment in the Bronze Age Caucasus
The 2013 Rostovtzeff Lectures were given by Adam T. Smith (Cornell University).
- The Sovereignty of Assemblages
- The Civilization Machine in the Early Bronze Age
- The War Machine in the Middle Bronze Age
- The Political Machine in the Late Bronze Age
Photo: Cornell University.
Displacements: Migration, Mobility, and Material Culture in the West Mediterranean
The 2014 Rostovtzeff Lectures were given by Peter van Dommelen (Brown University).
Photo: Brown University.
Sumer in the Mesopotamian World: Reading Traditions & Traditions of Reading
The 2015 Rostovtzeff Lectures were given by Gonzalo Rubio (Pennsylvania State University).
Silk Roads and Steppe Roads of Medieval China: History Unearthed from Tombs
The 2016 Rostovtzeff Lectures were delivered by Jonathan K. Skaff (Shippensburg University).
- Settlers and Merchants on the Silk Roads: Sogdians at Turfan
- Sogdians or Borderlanders?, Part I: Lives Revealed in Epitaphs
- Sogdians or Borderlanders?, Part II: Death Rituals Revealed in Tombs
- A Tang Dynasty Ally in Mongolia: Pugu Yitu (635-678)