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10/19/2015 10:30 AM ISAW - 15 E. 84th Street

Prospective Student Open House

ISAW's open house for prospective doctoral students will include coffee and lunch with ISAW students, faculty, and scholars; an information session about our academic program; a tour of ISAW and the ISAW Library; a Q&A session with current students; and an opportunity to attend an ISAW seminar taught by Prof. Elizabeth Murphy and Prof. Lorenzo d'Alfonso.
10/26/2015 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

A Sanctuary of the Hellenistic Period at Torbulok (Tadjikistan)

Excavations in 2014 and 2015

Gunvor Lindström

A sanctuary of the Hellenistic period was recently discovered at the village of Torbulok in southwest Tajikistan. Excavations at the site, started in 2013 by a German-Tajik team, give insights into the structure of the sanctuary and confirm the dating to the 3rd and 2nd century BC, as Bactria was part of the Hellenistic world. The site seems to have functioned as a pilgrim sanctuary, associated with an ancient settlement at distance of ca. 30 kilometers.
10/27/2015 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

Statues of Amun

The Post-Amarna Period from an Art Historical Perspective

Marianne Eaton-Krauss

The lecture presents representative examples from among more than 60 statues of Amun and his consorts, Mut and Amunet, created to replace images destroyed during the iconoclastic phase of Akhenaten’s reign. This corpus, compiled over three decades, forms the basis of a study in the final stages of preparation. The main focus of the lecture is the indispensable role connoisseurship plays in such a project – and what can result from failure to apply it.
10/29/2015 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

Nasseredin Shah and his 84 Wives

(Film Screening)

Beate Petersen

11/03/2015 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

Defining Elsewhere

The Abstraction and Othering of the Liminal in the Ancient Near East

Gina Konstantopoulos

11/06/2015 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

Ninth Annual Leon Levy Lecture: Scythian Elite Burial Mounds in the Eurasian Steppes

New Discoveries for a Deeper Understanding

Hermann Parzinger

The social structure of Scythians and other groups in the Eurasian steppe is mainly reflected by their graves, burial mounds, which are called "kurgans." Excavations during the last 20 years in different parts of Russia, from Siberia in the far east to southern Russia in the west, have yielded significant new information and have led to a rather new understanding of the phenomenon of elite kurgans.
11/12/2015 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

After the Hittite Empire

Phrygian Identities and the Political History of Central Anatolia in the Early First Millennium BCE

Lorenzo d'Alfonso

11/17/2015 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

Not in God’s Path

A Revised Chronology of the "Origins of Islam”

Parvaneh Pourshariati

11/24/2015 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall
12/01/2015 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

Empire, Personhood, and Child Sacrifice

A Case for Africa’s "Romanization"

Matthew M. McCarty

12/03/2015 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall
12/08/2015 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

The First Investigations of the Antikythera Mechanism


Alexander Jones

During the first years following the discovery of the Antikythera Mechanism, its nature, purpose, and date were the subject of intense interdisciplinary debate among archeologists, historians of navigation, and classical scholars. In this lecture, Prof. Jones will trace how a basically incorrect identification of the Mechanism came to be widely accepted for half a century, as well as explore the unpublished investigations of the philologist and epigrapher Albert Rehm in which he proposed an identification that was correct in principle and anticipated many details revealed by recent research.