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10/25/2021 10:00 AM Online

Open House for Prospective Students

ISAW's open house for prospective doctoral students 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 event will include an opportunity to meet the ISAW faculty; an information session about our academic program; a Q&A session with current students; and sessions on archaeology, digital humanities, exhibitions, and the library at ISAW.
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10/27/2021 01:00 PM Online
Stone tower with domed building in the background

Late Antique Empires on the Red Sea:

Wars without Faith

Valentina A. Grasso

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 aims to analyse the interactions between Jews and Christians in sixth century South Arabia, offering some reflections on the wider late antique socio-economic and political map. The talk will present a comprehensive analysis of this period through a reading of literary and epigraphic material, reconstructing the spread of Christianity in South Arabia and the events leading to the massacre of the Christians of Najrān in 523.
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11/11/2021 01:00 PM Online
Stone disk with carved central rosette, decorative band, and four three-dimensional stylized birds around edge.

The Creation of Worked Animal Objects in the Early Greek World

Adam DiBattista

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. Recent excavations at the site of ancient Methone, an early Greek colony in northern Greece, have revealed the remains of a diverse set of industrial activities and workshop areas. Within this environment of production, craftspeople at Methone created a range of objects from bone, antler, boar tusk, elephant ivory, and other animal materials between the late eighth and sixth centuries B.C.E.
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12/09/2021 01:00 PM Online
Corner of an ancient building made of stone blocks with inscribed text on the highest block.

“Translating Culture”:

Sardur I’s Neo-Assyrian Inscription on the Sardursburg in Ancient Tushpa, Urartu

Beate Pongratz-Leisten

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. Within the framework of ISAW’s mission statement, which considers the ancient world as an interconnected place, this talk investigates scholarly approaches to intercultural contact. Focusing on what in recent times has been categorized as “translating culture” it takes the Urartian adoption of cuneiform writing as a case study and unravels the cognitive and cultural implications of Sardur I’s adoption of Neo-Assyrian script and language on the walls of the so-called Fortress of Sardur at ancient Tushpa on the shores of Lake Van.
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