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Weights and Trade Relations between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley
Monday, 17 November 2014
6:00 PM
Lorenz Rahmstorf, University of Copenhagen
ISAW ISAW Lecture Hall, 15 East 84th St. New York, NY
While it is seems "evident that the “step” in the pace of culture change in the Greater Indus Valley is coincident with the beginnings of Mesopotamian trade with Meluhha, and the general growth of maritime trade in the Gulf” (Possehl 1996: 187), the role of weights in this process has so far not been studied in great detail. Where – in Mesopotamia, in the Indus and in between – did weights materialize for the first time? At what sites and in which contexts were they used? Was the dissemination related to other innovations? What kinds of weights were used? What does the appearance of apparent foreign-type weights in the Indus Valley or Mesopotamia mean? What implications have the mass-units? Such and similar research questions will be addressed during the presentation. The discussion shall contribute to a better understanding of the intensity of the inter-regional integration emerging both east and west of Mesopotamia during the third millennium BC.


Self-Punishment in Seneca, the Boudicca Revolt, and the De Beneficiis
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
4:30 PM
James Romm, Bard College
East Pyne 010, Princeton University


Great New Books in the Humanities: The Feminine Symptom: Aleatory Matter in the Aristotelian Cosmos by Emanuela Bianchi
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
6:00 PM
20 Cooper Square 5th Floor, New York University
Emanuela Bianchi (NYU) Simon Critchley (The New School for Social Research) Claudia Baracchi (University of Milan-Biococca) Moderator: Joy Connolly (NYU) This lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, contact: info@humanitiesinitiative.org


Unearthing the Earth-Shaker: The Excavations at the Sanctuary of Poseidon in Boeotian Onchestos
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
6:00 PM
Ioannis Mylonopoulos, Columbia University
Schermerhorn Hall 612, Columbia University
References to specific sanctuaries in the Homeric work are rare. In its famous Catalogue of Ships, however, the Iliad addresses the sacred grove of the sanctuary of Poseidon in Boeotian Onchestos (Il. 2.506). In addition, the Homeric Hymn to Apollo (ll. 229-238) describes a puzzling ritual in Poseidon’s cult site that seems to have been connected to the examination of the fitness of young horses for drawing chariots. Despite the well-known importance of the sanctuaries of Athena Itonia, Zeus Karaios, and Apollo Ptoos as pan-Boeotian religious centers, the selection of the sanctuary of Poseidon as the seat of the Boeotian League suggests that this cult place never lost its importance in the Boeotian collective memory. Compared to the importance of the sanctuary, its study through excavation has been rather occasional. Brief rescue excavations by the 9th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities at the modern site of Steni Mavromatiou showed that two large areas between the 91st and 92nd km of the National Road from Athens to Lebadeia are associated with the ancient sanctuary. The lecture will give an overview of the sanctuary's history and present the preliminary results of the first campaign.


A Corpus, Not a Canon: Translating Classical Arabic for the Modern Reader
Thursday, 20 November 2014
6:00 PM
Roger Allen, Devin Stewart, Shawkat Toorawa, Chip Rossetti, Joseph Lowry (Mod.),
Penn Bookstore , University of Pennsylvania
The Library of Arabic Literature series produces bilingual editions of key works of classical and pre-modern Arabic literature, in new editions of the Arabic text and new English translations. Books in the series are edited and translated by distinguished scholars of Arabic and Islamic studies, and are published in parallel-text format with Arabic and English on facing pages. The Library of Arabic Literature includes texts from the pre-Islamic era to the cusp of the modern period, and encompasses a wide range of genres, including poetry, poetics, fiction, religion, philosophy, law, science, history, and historiography. The Library has published twelve books in the last two years, with many more titles in the works. In this presentation, several of the Library’s editors and translators—all Penn-affiliated—will discuss the challenges of editing this literary heritage and translating it into English for a contemporary readership of scholars, students and a general audience.


The End of Sacrifice
Thursday, 20 November 2014
6:15 PM
Brent Shaw, Princeton University
Silver Center for Arts and Science 503, 32 Waverly Place or 31 Washington Place, NYU
Contact: Christopher Parmenter csp351@nyu.edu


Columbia’s First Season at Hadrian’s Villa: A Preliminary Report
Friday, 21 November 2014
11:00 AM
Francesco De Angelis, Marco Maiuro, and others, Columbia University
Italian Academy Level 5 Seminar Room, Columbia University
Join us in supporting a new Columbia excavation and to hear about the fruit of its first season.


AAMW Lunch Colloquium- Topic TBA
Friday, 21 November 2014
12:00 PM
Julian Siggers, Penn Museum
Penn Museum Classroom 2, University of Pennsylvania


Rethinking the Enemy, Secret Strategy and Tactics: An Early Byzantine Military Treatise
Friday, 21 November 2014
1:30 PM
Petr Shuvalov, St. Petersburg State University
Scheide Caldwell House 103, Princeton University
The Greek text of the famous late Roman compendium of the classic art of war, the Strategikon of Pseudo-Maurice, can be divided into different chronological layers, dated from the fifth to the seventh centuries. The basis for this division is the analysis of textual unity, of inner citation, of the described strategic and tactical schemes and used terms. The main three phases of the development of the text coincide with the three great military reforms– introduction of the Hunnic mobile cavalry tactics of "hippotoxotae" (the so-called defensors and cursors), the secret “hyperkerastae” reform of Justinian’s brother Germanus, and the reform according to the Avarian scheme of time of the emperor Heraklios. All three reforms are based on the deep contemplation of the ethnographical data gathered by imperial intelligence services.


“Only Things Matter”: Toward a Herodotean Materialism
Friday, 21 November 2014
4:30 PM
Joel Alden Schlosser, Bryn Mawr College
Rhys Carpenter Library B21, Bryn Mawr College


Amazons: Warrior Women in Myth, Art, and History
Saturday, 22 November 2014
1:00 PM
Adrienne Mayor, Stanford University
Penn Museum , University of Pennsylvania
Amazons—fierce horsewomen-archers on the fringes of the known world—were the mythic archenemies of the ancient Greeks. Heracles and Achilles battled Amazon queens and the Athenians reveled in their victory over an Amazon army. But who were these bold barbarian archers on horseback who gloried in fighting, hunting, and freedom? Adrienne Mayor, Research Scholar, Stanford University Classics Department, reveals surprising details and new insights about the lives of flesh-and-blood women of the Eurasian steppes who were mythologized as Amazons. Free with Museum admission.


Trafficking Culture: Researching the Global Traffic in Looted Cultural Objects
Monday, 24 November 2014
12:30 PM
Simon Mackenzie, Neil Broadie, Donna Yates, University of Glasgow
Penn Museum Classroom 2, University of Pennsylvania