Recorded Lectures

The following public lectures are available to watch online:

If Ports Were Landscapes and Goods were being: Stories from First-Millennium South Asia
Faculty Lecture
Divya Kumar-Dumas, ISAW Visiting Research Scholar 2021-22
May 9, 2022

Evolving Identities in Sixth-Century East Asia
Faculty Lecture
Scott Pearce, ISAW Visiting Research Scholar 2022
April 28, 2022

From Ezra to Ashoka: Multilingualism and Governance in the Achaemenid Persian Empire
Faculty Lecture
Rhyne King, ISAW Visiting Associate Professor 2021-22
March 24, 2022

Transplanting India: Luxury and an Ivory Statuette in Pompeii
Exhibition Lecture
Naman Ahuja and Annette Giesecke. Organized & moderated by Divya Kumar Dumas ISAW VRS
February 10, 2022

As If: Fiction, Make-Believe, and the Legal World of Early Medieval Francia, 5th-9th Centuries AD
Virtual Rostovtzeff Lecture Series 2021
Alice Rio, King's College London


Myth in the Urban Landscape and the Epiphany of the Assyrian King
Faculty Lecture
Beate Pongratz-LeistenProfessor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies
March 17, 2021

Chinese Frontiers and Central Eurasia: Art, Archaeology and History at the Turn of the Common Era
Online Conference 
Organized by Fanghan Wang, ISAW Alumna, and Shujing Wang, NYU Shanghai and ISAW Alumna
December 4, 2020

Re-Rolling the Past: Representations and Reinterpretations of Antiquity in Analog and Digital Games
Online Conference
Gabriel McKee, ISAW Library and Daniela Wolin, Yale University and ISAW Research Affiliate 

  • November 11, 2020: Day 1
  • November 12, 2020: Day 2
  • November 13, 2020: Day 3

How Global Was the Early Medieval World? An Exploration of Worldwide Connections 500-1000 CE
Guest Lecture
Erik Hermans, Independent Scholar & ISAW Alumnus
October 29, 2020

The Education and Miseducation of an Administrator in Late Roman Egypt
Faculty Lecture
Alexander Jones, Leon Levy Director and Professor of the History of the Exact Sciences in Antiquity, and Roger S. Bagnall, Emeritus Professor of Ancient History and Leon Levy Director Emeritus, ISAW
October 8, 2020

The Empire's Physician Virtual Tour
Exhibition Virtual Tour
Clare Fitzgerald, ISAW Associate Director for Exhibitions and Gallery Curator
April 7, 2021

Wine and Feasting in the Ancient Mediterranean with Professors d'Alfonso and Kotsonas 
Faculty Lecture for NYU Alumni Association
Lorenzo d'Alfonso, Professor of Western Asian Archaeology and History and Antonis Kotsonas, Associate Professor of Mediterranean History and Archaeology       
March 22, 2021

Devotion and Decadence Virtual Tour
Exhibition Virtual Tour
Clare Fitzgerald, ISAW Associate Director for Exhibitions and Gallery Curator
December 16, 2020

Hymn to Apollo Virtual Tour
Exhibition Virtual Tour
Clare Fitzgerald, ISAW Associate Director for Exhibitions and Gallery Curator
July 22, 2020

 A Wonder to Behold Virtual Tour
Exhibition Virtual Tour
Clare Fitzgerald, ISAW Associate Director for Exhibitions and Gallery Curator
May 6, 2020

Urbanism and the History of Architectural Restlessness
12th Annual Leon Levy Lecture
Monica L. Smith, University of California, Los Angeles
November 8, 2018

The Migrations of Islamic Science in Renaissance Europe
Exhibition Lecture
Robert Morrison, Bowdoin College
May 10, 2018

Plato's advice to Alexander: Amir Khusraw's 'Mirror of Alexander' (1299)
Exhibition Lecture
Richard Stoneman, University of Exeter
May 3, 2018

Alexander to Iskandar: Paintings from Persian and Turkish Manuscripts
Exhibition Lecture
Ayşin Yoltar-Yıldırım, Brooklyn Museum
April 12, 2018

The Sky over Ancient Iraq: Babylonian Astronomy in Context
Rostovtzeff Lecture Series 2018
Mathieu Ossendrijver, Humboldt University London


Savoring the Past: The Archaeology of Food and Foodways
Guest Lecture
Katheryn Twiss, Stony Brook University
March 29, 2018

Revisiting Harappan Iconography: Seals, Sealing and Tablets as Small Windows onto the Indus Valley Civilization
Faculty Lecture
Marta Ameri, Visiting Research Scholar, ISAW
February 20, 2018

Fragments of Greek Science in a Palimpsest from Bobbio
Faculty Lecture
Alexander Jones, Leon Levy Director and Professor of the History of the Exact Sciences in Antiquity, ISAW
February 22, 2018

The Silent Fall of an Empire in 1200 BCE
Faculty Lecture
Lorenzo d'Alfonso, Associate Professor of Western Asian Archaeology and History, ISAW
December 7, 2017

The History of Eighth-century Khotan as Seen from Khotanese Documents
Faculty Lecture
Zhan Zhang, ISAW Visiting Research Scholar
December 5, 2017

The Prehistory of Crete
Exhibition Lecture
Malcolm H. Wiener, Aegean Prehistorian
November 30, 2017

Ancient World Research and Tools in Synergy
Guest Lecture
Mark Depauw, University of Leuven
November 13, 2017

Theology of Liberation in the Second Millennium BCE: The Hurrian Song of Liberation
Faculty Lecture
Eva von Dassow, ISAW Visiting Research Scholar
October 24, 2017

Spying on Antiquity: Declassified US Intelligence Satellite Imagery and Near Eastern Archaeology
AIA Lecture
Jason Ur, Harvard University
October 23, 2017

Chinese Bronze Age Economics: A Multi-sited Approach to Shang Dynasty Bone Crafting
Faculty Lecture
Roderick B. Campbell, Associate Professor of East Asian Archaeology and History, ISAW
October 17, 2017

Conserving Cairo 1882-2012
ARCE Lecture
Nicholas Warner, American University in Cairo
October 12, 2017

There Goes the Neighborhood: Gentrification and Urban Redevelopment in Roman North Africa
Faculty Lecture
J. Andrew Dufton, ISAW Visiting Assistant Professor
October 10, 2017

Exhibition Lecture
Elizabeth Price, Artist, Restoring the Minoans
October 5, 2017

Water in Sumer
Faculty Lecture
Stephanie Rost, ISAW Visiting Assistant Professor
September 26, 2017

Architectural Conservation in Egypt’s Western Desert: The Amheida Project
Guest Lecture
Nicholas Warner, American University in Cairo
September 18, 2017

A Paradise in the Caucasus: An Achaemenid Residence in Azerbaijan
Guest Lecture
Florian Knauss, Director of Staatliche Antikensammlungen und Glyptothek, München
May 2, 2017 

Excavating the Ancient City of Tenea
Guest Lecture
Dr. Eleni Korka, Director General of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture and Sports, Athens
April 21, 2017 

A Portable Cosmos: The Antikythera Mechanism
Exhibition Lecture
Alexander Jones, Leon Levy Director Professor of the History of the Exact Sciences in Antiquity, ISAW
April 6, 2017

New Term Excavations at Kültepe: The First International Trade Center in Anatolia
Guest Lecture
Fikri Kulakoglu, Ankara University
March 28, 2017 

Globalising the Mediterranean's Iron Age
Guest Lecture
Tamar Hodos, University of Bristol
March 20, 2017

Medicine and the Humanities from Ancient to Modern
Faculty Lecture
Claire Bubb, Assistant Professor/ Faculty Fellow of Classical Literature and Science, ISAW
March 9, 2017

Time and Cosmos in Greco-Roman Astrology
Exhibition Lecture
Stephan Heilen, University of Osnabrück
February 27, 2017

Fantastical Space and Heroic Journeys in Mesopotamian Literature
Faculty Lecture
Gina Konstantopoulos, ISAW Visiting Assistant Professor
February 21, 2017 

Enigmatic Sites and Headless Nubians: Exploring the Eastern Desert of Late Roman Egypt
ARCE Lecture
Colleen M. Darnell, University of Hartford
February 2, 2017 

Geographical Portable Sundials: Reliable Instruments or Roman Fashion Statements?
Exhibition Lecture
Richard Talbert, University of North Carolina
January 26, 2017

Weeks, Months, and Years in Greek and Roman Calendars
Exhibition Lecture
Daryn Lehoux, Queen's University
December 1, 2016

Imhotep Comes Forth by Day
ARCE Lecture
Janice Kamrin, Metropolitan Museum of Art
November 17, 2016

Fruits of the Silk Road
VRS Lecture
Robert Spengler, Visiting Research Scholar, ISAW
November 15, 2016

Ancient Sundials: Art, Technology, and Culture
Exhibition Lecture
James Evans, University of Puget Sound
November 10, 2016

A People Without a Name or, Who Were the Hittites?
Tenth Annual Leon Levy Lecture
Theo van den Hout, Arthur and Joann Rasmussen Professor of Western Civilization and of Hittite and Anatolian Languages, Oriental Institute of the University of ChicagoNovember 3, 2016

Decrepit Rome, your morals disintegrate, your walls collapse!
Critique of Rome in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
VRS Lecture
Maya Maskarinec, Visiting Research Scholar, ISAW
October 25, 2016

Death and Taxes?
Economy, Society and the Imperial State in Babylonia in the Sixth Century BCE
Michael Jursa, Professor of Assyriology at the University of Vienna, Corresponding Fellow of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
September 29, 2016

Herodes Atticus and the Greco-Roman World: Imperial Cosmos, Cosmic Allusions, Art and Culture in his Estate in Southern Peloponnese
Exhibition Lecture
Georgios Spyropoulos, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport, Directorate General of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage, Athens
September 13, 2016

Silk Roads and Steppe Roads of Medieval China: History Unearthed from Tombs
Rostovtzeff Lecture Series 2016
Jonathan K. Skaff, Visiting Research Scholar, ISAW

Memory, Tradition, and Image Production in Ancient Mesopotamia
Faculty Lecture
Beate Pongratz-Leisten, Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, ISAW
March 24, 2016