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04/22/2021 01:00 PM Online
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Exhibition Lecture: Galen's Pergamon: Current Research on a Roman Metropolis and its Microregion

Felix Pirson

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04/26/2021 01:00 PM Online
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Analysis of Land, Water, and Settlement Through Remote Sensing and Ground Survey:

Case Studies from Zagros-Mesopotamia

Mitra Panahipour

This lecture will take place online. Registration is required; click through for the registration link. Zoom information will be provided via confirmation email to registered participants. Understanding dynamic interactions between past populations and their lands has been one of the primary goals of archaeological studies. In this regard, detecting different settlement systems such as sedentary and mobile patterns, and diverse land-use practices in light of socioeconomic demands and environmental conditions can clarify broader issues of resource management, sustainability, and longer-term landscape changes.
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04/29/2021 05:00 PM Online
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14th Annual Leon Levy Lecture

The Shape of the Ancient World: Global Development in the Distant Past

Ian Morris

This lecture will take place online. Registration is required, click through for the registration link. Zoom information will be provided via confirmation email to registered participants. Global approaches have made less headway among ancient historians than among historians of more recent periods. I suggest that this is because ancient historians working in Asia, Europe, and Europe's former colonies continue to focus chiefly on understanding the beginnings of one particular regional culture, generally finding them in the first millennium BCE. This makes it very difficult to see a global picture. Only when we widen our chronological as well as our geographical perspectives, in fact, do patterns at the global level become clear. I close by looking at the intellectual possibilities that this bigger vision of ancient history offers.
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05/01/2021 01:00 PM
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Exhibition Workshop: Forage and Botanical Drawing

Wendy Hollender

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05/10/2021 02:00 PM Online
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Rostovtzeff Lecture Series: As If: Fiction, Make-Believe, and the Legal World of Early Medieval Francia, 5th-9th Centuries AD

Lecture I: What Was Legal about Early Medieval Legal Culture?

Alice Rio

This lecture will take place online. Registration is required, click through for the registration link. Zoom information will be provided via confirmation email to registered participants. This lecture sets up the basic framework for the series, and its broad line of argument. Most of the existing historiography tends to assume that the bigger the gap between written norms and legal practice, the more irrelevant the norms must have been. Such gaps, however, could be productive in their own right. Once law is understood as a starting-point for the construction of scenarios, rather than dictating outcomes, one can start to see why the most useful laws might not necessarily always have been the ones that came closest to the practical solutions eventually reached.
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05/12/2021 02:00 PM Online
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Rostovtzeff Lecture Series: As If: Fiction, Make-Believe, and the Legal World of Early Medieval Francia, 5th-9th Centuries AD

Lecture II: Procedure: Heroic Fantasy and Bureaucratic Fancies

Alice Rio

This lecture will take place online. Registration is required, click through for the registration link. Zoom information will be provided via confirmation email to registered participants. One of the areas on which surviving legal evidence provides some of the most contradictory views is the legal and administrative framework itself. I will take the written word and feuding as examples. Surviving texts can give very different impressions of the importance of written documents, and it is possible to read early medieval evidence either to support a literate, almost bureaucratic vision of legal rights, or to view literate forms as a distorting sideshow. I suggest this shows that the importance of the written word depended not on stable assumptions about the value of writing, but instead on a collective agreement about how important it was going to be in any particular case.
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05/14/2021 02:00 PM Online
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Rostovtzeff Lecture Series: As If: Fiction, Make-Believe, and the Legal World of Early Medieval Francia, 5th-9th Centuries AD

Lecture III: Slaves and Slavery

Alice Rio

This lecture will take place online. Registration is required, click through for the registration link. Zoom information will be provided via confirmation email to registered participants. The legal framework for slavery was long thought by historians to have been carried over from the ancient world long after it had ceased to hold any relevance to the ways early medieval power and dependence (in their own ways brutal, but different) were exercised or experienced. This is a key example of a field in which legal representations remained effective precisely because they allowed – indeed, demanded, in order to be discussed in legal terms at all – a radical reinterpretation of reality, in which lords of tenants might take on the roles of masters of slaves along Roman lines.
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05/17/2021 02:00 PM Online
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Rostovtzeff Lecture Series: As If: Fiction, Make-Believe, and the Legal World of Early Medieval Francia, 5th-9th Centuries AD

Lecture IV: Legal Relationships and Density of Regulation: The Example of Families

Alice Rio

This lecture will take place online. Registration is required, click through for the registration link. Zoom information will be provided via confirmation email to registered participants. This lecture looks at early medieval families, and the types of misconstruing involved in constituting them and their members as legal concepts. This, like the example of slavery, will lead us to reconsider the issue of gaps in normative legal material, and the possible reasons for density of regulation. Which human relationships were most and least densely legally defined and rule-bound seems to have had very little to do with which relationships were most open to becoming fraught or conflict-ridden, or with the levels of coercion required to keep them going.
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05/20/2021 01:00 PM Online
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Exhibition Lecture: Galen's Gynaecology

Rebecca Flemming

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