ISAW News Blog

  • ISAW Director and Student Receive NEH Grant

    ISAW Director and Student Receive NEH Grant

    Professor Alexander Jones and doctoral candidate David Danzig of ISAW were recently awarded a Digital Humanities Advancement Grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities to solve this problem. Their project, Shanati, is named after the ancient Babylonian word for “years.” Shanati will achieve precision to the day in reconstructing the ancient Babylonian Calendar from 750 BCE and on, by drawing on over 85,000 business documents, administrative notes, and scholarly treatises, which contain attestations of dates.
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  • New publication of the latest installment of the Rostovtzeff lectures by Prof. Jean-Luc Fournet

    New publication of the latest installment of the Rostovtzeff lectures by Prof. Jean-Luc Fournet

    The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World and the Princeton University Press are very pleased to announce the publication of the latest installment of the Rostovtzeff lectures, The Rise of Coptic: Egyptian versus Greek in Late Antiquity by Prof. Jean-Luc Fournet. Fournet holds the Chair of Written Culture in Late Antiquity and Byzantine Papyrology at the Collège de France in Paris and delivered the eighth annual Rostovtzeff lectures at ISAW in 2017.
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  • ISAW Announces Publication of "Mathematics, Metrology, and Model Contracts" by Roger Bagnall and Alexander Jones

    ISAW Announces Publication of "Mathematics, Metrology, and Model Contracts" by Roger Bagnall and Alexander Jones

    ISAW announces the imminent publication of the newest volume in the ISAW Monographs series, "Mathematics, Metrology, and Model Contracts: A Codex From Late Antique Business Education."
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  • Karen Rubinson (Research Associate, ISAW) participates in "Technology, Art and Archaeology – Contacts between East and West in Ancient Gold" conference in Xi’an, China

    Karen Rubinson (Research Associate, ISAW) participates in "Technology, Art and Archaeology – Contacts between East and West in Ancient Gold" conference in Xi’an, China

    Karen Rubinson recently participated in an international conference in Xi’an, China: Technology, Art and Archaeology – Contacts between East and West in Ancient Gold, sponsored by the Material Science and Archaeology Research Center of Northwestern Polytechnic University, organized by Dr. Yan Liu, a Center faculty member.
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  • New ISAW Exhibition: A Wonder to Behold: Craftsmanship and the Creation of Babylon’s Ishtar Gate

    New ISAW Exhibition: A Wonder to Behold: Craftsmanship and the Creation of Babylon’s Ishtar Gate

    Built by King Nebuchadnezzar II (r. 604-562 BCE), excavated by German archaeologists and partially re-created at the Vorderasiatisches Museum in Berlin in the early 20th century, the Ishtar Gate has become an icon of ancient architectural achievement. A Wonder to Behold approaches this well-known monument from a fresh perspective: featuring a process-oriented exploration of the gateway’s creation, this exhibition will focus on the role of craftspeople and the magic of materials in ancient Middle Eastern life.
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  • Dan Potts Announced as Speaker for The Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series

    Dan Potts Announced as Speaker for The Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series

    Prof. Dan Potts will deliver the Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series at the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World (UCLA) in March 2020. Supported by a perpetual endowment to UCLA, and inspired by the Quatre Leçons au Collège de France, the Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series serves to promote scholarship in the field of ancient Iranian studies by enabling distinguished members of the academy to present a series of four or five lectures reflecting new perspectives and advances within the wider field of Iranian Studies. The proceedings of the Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series are published as monographs and supported by the lecture series’ endowment. The title of Prof. Potts’ series is ‘Kinship and society in ancient Iran.’
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  • ISAW Is Now Accepting Applications for 2020-21 Visiting Scholar Program

    ISAW Is Now Accepting Applications for 2020-21 Visiting Scholar Program

    ISAW is now accepting applications for the 2020-21 Visiting Research Scholar program. Applicants for visiting scholar positions should be individuals of scholarly distinction or promise in any relevant field of ancient studies who will benefit from the stimulation of working in an environment with colleagues in other disciplines. Scholars with a history of interdisciplinary exchange and scholars whose academic interests include parts of the ancient Old World that are often underrepresented in traditional academic departments, including Africa, Central Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, are especially welcome to apply. Visiting scholars are expected to undertake research projects connected with ISAW's core academic mission, to be in residence at the Institute during the period for which they are appointed, to take part in the intellectual life of the community, to participate in ISAW seminars, and to give a public lecture on their research at ISAW.
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  • ISAW Is Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2020 Enrollment in PhD Program

    ISAW Is Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2020 Enrollment in PhD Program

    ISAW is now accepting applications for fall 2020 admission to its Doctoral Program in the Ancient World via the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science application portal. ISAW's recommended application deadline is December 18th, and the final deadline is January 4th. Prospective students are invited to visit ISAW on October 21st for an Open House that includes an information session about the doctoral program, a tour of the building and library, meetings with faculty and current students, and sessions on archaeology, digital humanities, and exhibitions at ISAW.
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  • Hellenistic finds from ISAW’S Excavations at Niğde Kınık Höyük, Turkey

    Hellenistic finds from ISAW’S Excavations at Niğde Kınık Höyük, Turkey

    With the closing of the 2019 excavation season at the site of Niğde Kınık Höyük, the most recent results on the Late Hellenistic occupation of the site are quite impressive and we would like to share them with the ISAW community and the public.
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