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A Difficult Time: Archaeology and Modernity
Monday, 23 February 2015
Alfredo González-Reubel, National Research Council of Spain
Penn Museum 345, University of Pennsylvania
Sponsored by: Center for Ancient Studies, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

The Magic of Craft: Workshops and the Materialization of Christianity in Late Antique Egypt
Monday, 13 October 2014
David Frankfurter, Boston University
Chemistry Building 231 South 34th St. B13, University of Pennsylvania
Sponsored by: Center for Ancient Studies, Religious Studies Department, Classics Department, Ancient History, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Why the Middle Ages Matter
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Van Pelt Library 6th Floor, University of Pennsylvania
The KISLAK Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts is delighted to host a panel and reception for the entire Penn Medieval/Renaissance Community. A roundtable discussion on ‘Why the Middle Ages Matter’ with Rebecca Winer (Villanova University), Matthew Boyd Goldie (Rider University), Elly Truitt (Bryn Mawr College), John Haldon (Princeton University) and Will Noel (University of Pennsylvania)
Sponsored by: Center for Ancient Studies, KISLAK Center for Special Collections

HAIKU The Humanities and the Arts in the Integrated Knowledge University
Friday, 12 September 2014
Penn Museum Rainey Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania
What do the humanities and the arts have to offer contemporary efforts to integrate distinct bodies of knowledge within the research university? How will the humanities and the arts retain their specificity within this climate of integration and is it even important that they do so? What do creative practitioners have to offer the realm of research and teaching within the university? And how does the mandate for knowledge integration intersect with other key emphases within the contemporary university, such as the global and the digital? Please join us for two days of lively multi-disciplinary discussions and performances about the future of the humanities within the creative research university. This event is free and open to the public. http://www.haikuconference.com/
Sponsored by: Center for Ancient Studies, Provost’s Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund, School of Arts & Sciences, And Others

Penn-Leiden Colloquia on Ancient Values VIII: Landscapes of Value
Thursday, 19 June 2014
Cohen Hall Terrace Room, University of Pennsylvania
Modern concerns with the environment and the place humans occupy in the natural world have led to better understanding of the complex ways in which humans interact with and construct space. How do we map the landscape and give it meaning? What is the relationship between the world of mountains, rivers, plains and rocks, and the human presence in these landscapes? How we occupy or use the natural world around us is influenced by, and in turn shapes, epistemologies of time and every other aspect of culture. The landscape is an integral component in human perceptions of the differences between wild and civilized, and nomadic and agricultural, just as these in turn give shape to ideas of identity, belonging, foreignness and gender. Undoubtedly for the Greeks and Romans the landscape was the primary location for articulating the subtle and fluid relationship between the human and the divine. This conference is designed to investigate these questions in relation to the rich tradition of imbuing the landscape of the Greek and Roman worlds with meaning. From the location of Minoan peak sanctuaries to the significance attached to battlefields, to the elusive place of landscape in pastoral poetry, every aspect of ancient Mediterranean culture interacted in powerful and significant ways with the landscape.
Sponsored by: Center for Ancient Studies, Department of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania

From Constantinople to Cappadocia
Sunday, 13 April 2014
Penn Museum , University of Pennsylvania
With the expansion of its current exhibition, Sacred Spaces: The Photography of Ahmet Ertug (in the Merle-Smith Galleries), the Penn Museum presents this afternoon program which focuses on two important areas of Byzantine cultural activity. Constantinople (now Istanbul) was the undisputed capital of Byzantine culture, well known for its resplendent, mosaic-filled churches. While the volcanic region of Cappadocia (in central Turkey) is less well-known, artists from Constantinople painted many of its well-preserved cave churches. This program examines the respective artistic contributions of both, with a keynote address delivered by Dr. Anthony Cutler, Professor of Art History, Penn State University—an expert on the history of Byzantine art. Sponsored by the Center for Ancient Studies. Free admission. 1:00: Introduction Anthony Cutler (The Pennsylvania State University) 1:15: Keynote Address: "Those who Wait and Watch: Some Unidentified Figures at the Chora and their Curious Persistence in Byzantine Art" Anthony Cutler (The Pennsylvania State University) 2:15: "From Vaults of Heaven to Caves of God" Robert Ousterhout (Penn) 2:45: BREAK 3:00: "The Rock-Cut Church of Meryemana: An Illuminated Apocalypse?" Lynn Jones (Florida State University) 3:30: "Rock-Cut Façades in Byzantine Cappadocia" Gül Öztürk (Çankaya University, Ankara / Penn) 4:00: "Imagining the Byzantine Painter in Cappadocia" Tolga Uyar (Dumbarton Oaks) 4:30: "Imprinting Identity: Individualizing Churches Through Painted Inscriptions" Anna Sitz (Penn) Read more about Sacred Spaces: The Photography of Ahmet Ertug - http://www.penn.museum/press-releases/1056-ahmet-ertug-expanded-exhibition.html
Sponsored by: Center for Ancient Studies

Visual Cultures of Greater Iran: The Art of the Sasanians, Kushano-Sasanians and the 'Iranian' Huns in Bactria
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
Judith Lerner, ISAW
Jaffe Building 113, University of Pennsylvania
Within a few years of its founding in western Iran, the Sasanian dynasty (224 – 650 CE) spread its control into Bactria (present-day Afghanistan) first by direct rule and then through that of viceroys, the Kushano-Sasanians. By the mid-4th century, however, various Hunnic groups had entered Bactria, challenging Persian rule and eventually dominating the region for the next 200 years. Not surprisingly, the art produced during these tumultuous centuries reflects the varied cultures, religions and ethnicities in Bactria. This talk will survey the painting, sculpture, metalwork and glyptics of these different people, as well as assess the impact on this art of Bactria’s legacy of Hellenistic culture brought by Alexander hundreds of years earlier.
Sponsored by: Center for Ancient Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Departments of the History of Art, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Religious Studies and Classical Studies

Women in Archaeology
Saturday, 29 March 2014
Penn Museum Widener Lecture Hall, University of Pennsylvania
Anta Montet White, Teresa Raczek, Gilliane Monnier, Barbara Roth, Beth Alpert Nakhai, Alison Brooks, Lara Fabian Panelists: John Yellen, Brian Rose, Richard Leventhal, Holly Pitman Organizers: Harold Dibble, Yoko Nishimura, Lauren Ristvet, Salam Al Kuntar, Deborah Olszewski Archaeology is a field that has traditionally been dominated by men, and even though women tend to outnumber men in undergraduate programs, their numbers decline significantly through graduate school and ultimately in tenured positions. Why such a decline occurs is one of the questions this workshop will explore. Women rarely take on the role of Project Directors, and instead are more typically included as senior personnel, lab specialists or collaborators. This event will consider how the situation that archaeologists face have changed over the last fifty years. By bringing together women of all ages, we will be able to address the question of whether these issues have improved over the past several decades, if they have stayed the same, or even deteriorated Free for Penn students, faculty and staff Program 9:00 AM Introduction 9:15-10:30 Morning session 1: Speaker Presentations 10:30-10:45 Coffee break 10:45-12:30 Morning session 2: Speaker Presentations 12:30-2:00 Lunch Break 2:00-3:30 Afternoon session 1: Panel Discussions 3:30-3:45 Coffee break 3:45-5:00 Afternoon session 2: Panel Discussions Evening Lecture - 6PM - Jennifer Houser Wegner: Women in Ancient Egypt For further information please contact: Yoko Nishimura yokonish@sas.uepnn.edu
Sponsored by: Center for Ancient Studies, Departments of Anthropology, Art History, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate Group in Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, University of Pennsylvania, The Alice Paul Center for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality , Penn Museum, and the Penn Women’s Center

Josephus, Ant. books 17-20
Thursday, 27 March 2014
Ra'anan Boustan, UCLA
Cohen Hall 2nd Floor Lounge, University of Pennsylvania
Seminar Our fifth meeting of this year’s PSCO will be Thursday, March 27 at 7:00–9:00 pm in the Second Floor Lounge of Cohen Hall. Our theme this year is “Rethinking Josephus’ Antiquities”. Ra‘anan Boustan (UCLA) will join us to discuss books 17–20 (i.e., death of Herod onward), focusing on the theme of "Novelistic Digressions in Josephus' Jewish Antiquities 18 and 20: On the Moral Logic of Triumph and Disaster." Suggested Readings In preparation, he asks that we read the following. Jewish Antiquities 18.65-84: the narratives of Paulina the devotee of Isis and Fulvia the Jewish proselyte; compare Pseudo-Callisthenes, The Alexander Romance, book 1.1-22 (in B. P. Reardon, Collected Ancient Greek Novels [Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989], 654-68); [2] Jewish Antiquities 18.310-379: on the Jews of Babylonia and the brothers Asinaeus and Anilaeus; compare 1 Macc 2:15-41 and 2 Macc 8:1-29; [3] Jewish Antiquities 20.17-96: the conversion of Izates, king of Adiabene, and his mother Helen. The Pseudo-Callisthenes selection has been posted on the PSCO Facebook page. If you'd like a copy by email, contact Alex Ramos: (alexram@sas ). Meeting and Dining All are welcome! As usual, those wishing to dine together before the seminar will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Second-Floor Lounge of Cohen Hall and then go next door to the food court in Houston Hall. Or just meet us in the Houston Hall downstairs food-court between 6:00pm and 6:45pm. As usual, the PSCO seminar will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. We meet in the Second-Floor Lounge of Cohen Hall. I see that those who wish to compose histories do not have one and the same motive for their zeal; rather, their reasons are many and very different from one another. (Josephus, Antiquities 1.1) The works of the first-century CE Jewish historian Josephus are widely recognized as the most important Jewish historical sources from antiquity. They are invaluable not only for the study of Jewish history but also for the study of the early Roman Empire and the beginnings of Christianity. Nevertheless, Josephus’ magnum opus, the Antiquities—a twenty-volume account of Jewish history from Creation to the first Jewish revolt against Rome—remains understudied. Scholars have tended to mine this work for exegetical or historical information, rather than exploring its larger themes and aims. Its account of the Hellenistic and early Roman periods have been studied in relative isolation from its “biblical retellings.” Disciplinary divisions have resulted in different conceptions of the Antiquities—that is, either as Jewish biblical retelling or as Greek historical writing. Our aim for the 51st PSCO is to work towards a more integrative understanding of the Antiquities. We plan to divide the work into five sections and hold a series of five text-centered sessions. In each session, the speaker will be asked to speak to issues or problems that he or she considers to be important for understanding the section in question. As a group, then, we will move sequentially through the entirety of the Antiquities over the course of the year. We will also explore the Antiquities from the perspectives of different subfields. Rather than inviting only specialists in Josephus, we will draw speakers from the fields of Biblical Studies, Classics, Ancient History, and early Christianity. In the process, we plan to use a focus on the Antiquities to explore new approaches to history, memory, and writing in antiquity. What comparanda from among Hellenistic, Roman, Jewish, and Christian texts help to locate the discourses about the past in the Antiquities? Are the traditional categories of “biblical retelling” and Greco-Roman historiography an impediment to interpreting the Antiquities as a whole? Are there other, more useful categories? These are some of the overarching questions that we hope to address through this year's PSCO. Alex Ramos, Jacob Feeley, and Jae Han are organizing our sessions this year.
Sponsored by: Center for Ancient Studies, Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins

The Gods of Olympus: Travel and Transformation
Thursday, 27 March 2014
Barbara Graziosi, Durham University
Silver Center for Arts and Science Jurow Lecture Hall, New York University
A talk by Barbara Graziosi (Durham University) derived from her new book, The Gods of Olympus: A History (Metropolitan Books)
Sponsored by: NYU Center for Ancient Studies, Department of Classics, NYU, and the Dean for the Humanities, NYU

The Arab Conquest of the Near East Reconsidered: Implications for early "Islamic" History
Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Parvaneh Pourshariati, Ohio State University
Jaffe Building 113, University of Pennsylvania
Sponsored by: Center for Ancient Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Departments of the History of Art, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Religious Studies and Classical Studies

The Sophistic Practice
Friday, 21 March 2014
Silver Center for Arts and Science Jurow Lecture Hall, New York University
A plenary panel session; part of the ACLA's 2014 Annual Meeting taking place at NYU, March 20-23, 2014. Chair: Emanuela Bianchi (NYU) Barbara Cassin (CNRS/Paris Sorbonne/ENS Ulm) Sophistics or How to Really Do Things with Words Pietro Pucci (Cornell University) Euripides: Sophistic Gods Playing with Their Traditional Images Susan Jarratt (University of California, Irvine) (White) Lies of Their Times: Sophistic Rhetoric in Heliodorus' Aithiopika Friday, March 21, 2014, 2:20pm-4:10pm Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science 32 Waverly Place or 31 Washington Place (wheelchair access) This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact ancient.studies@nyu.edu
Sponsored by: NYU Center for Ancient Studies, Department of Comparative Literature, NYU, American Comparative Literature Association

On the Painting Programs in Sogdian Paintings before and after the Islamic Conquest: Sources, Narratives, Styles
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Matteo Compareti, ISAW
Jaffe Building 113, University of Pennsylvania
Sponsored by: Center for Ancient Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Department of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Religious Studies, and Department of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania