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10/06/2015 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

The First Pagan Historian

Dares Phrygius and the History of Forgery

Frederic Clark

This lecture examines several episodes in the neglected 1500-year afterlife of the forged "De excidio Troiae historia" or "History of the Destruction of Troy" of pseudo-Dares Phrygius. Although the Latin "De excidio" was a late antique fabrication composed most likely in the fifth or sixth century CE, its author claimed to be an eyewitness to the Trojan War, whose account of the conflict openly contradicted such canonical sources as Virgil and Homer. Deemed by many to be the first pagan to write history, Dares infiltrated numerous domains of literary culture in medieval and early modern Europe.
10/13/2015 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

The Emporia and the Re-birth of Towns in Anglo-Saxon England

Evidence from Ipswich

Pam Crabtree

The problem of the origins of early medieval towns has been of interest to scholars since the days of Henri Pirenne. While much of the early research was based on historical records, archaeology has played an increasingly important role since the 1960s and 1970s. This talk will present some of the results of the Origins of Ipswich Project (1974-1990), with a particular focus on the faunal remains that can reveal how the residents of Ipswich were provisioned with meat and other animal products. The role of the ‘wic’ sites in the development of medieval towns will also be examined.
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