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Government Issue: Roman Legionary Crafts Production in Context
Tuesday, 5 May 2015
6:00 PM
Elizabeth Murphy, ISAW
ISAW 2nd Floor Lecture Hall , 15 East 84th St. New York, NY
One of the most iconic images of the Roman Empire was and is that of the Legions, citizen-warriors clad in shiny lorica segmentata and with gladius in-hand. These soldiers were however skilled not only in the art of war, but also in crafts and trades – supplying and supporting the operations of the Roman imperial military through their daily activities. One such industry about which we have relatively extensive evidence is ceramic production (of tile, brick, and pottery). While most ceramic production in the Roman period has been attributed to private investment, semi-permanent sites of production directly associated with military activities have also been identified. Such legionary production sites present unusual features in terms of their organization of the manufacturing process and its skilled labor, which offer insights into wider questions concerning imperial interests and crafts production. This paper investigates the spatial organization of Roman (AD 50 – 250) legionary ceramic production sites, assessing the extent to which the scale and organization of production were influenced by and integrated into larger military and imperial structures of the period.


By the Rivers of Babylon: A Symposium Exploring New Evidence about the Jewish Exiles from Ancient Texts
Tuesday, 5 May 2015
6:30 PM
Center for Jewish History , 15 West 16th St. New York, NY
SPEAKERS Amanda Weiss (Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem) Jacob Wisse (Yeshiva University Museum) Daniel Fleming (NYU) Wayne Horowitz (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem) Shalom E. Holtz (Yeshiva University) Laurie E. Pearce (University of California, Berkeley) Lawrence H. Schiffman (NYU) General Admission: $10 Seniors: $5 Free Admission with University ID and for Members of Yeshiva University Museum To reserve tickets: http://ancientstudies.fas.nyu.edu/page/events For more information, email: afblmj@jksevents.com


Great Wonders Lecture Series: The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus and its Successors
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
6:00 PM
C. Brian Rose, University of Pennsylvania
Penn Museum , University of Pennsylvania
Each of the "wonders" in the ancient world was intended to symbolize the builder's political and economic power, and to serve as a template for future monuments to such power. In most cases they succeeded: the statue of Olympian Zeus was used as a model for portraits of Napoleon and George Washington, while the Colossus of Rhodes influenced the design of the Statue of Liberty. This was no less true for the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, constructed for King Mausolus during the mid fourth century BC in southwestern Turkey (modern Bodrum). Created by the leading sculptors and architects of the Late Classical period, the design of the mausoleum was so successful that it was repeatedly used for buildings commemorating the burials of famous politicians, such as Grant's Tomb, while the word for a monumental tomb in most languages is "mausoleum", named after King Mausolus. Lecture with advance payment $5 General Admission $2 Penn Museum Members $10 At-the-door


THE NEW YORK AEGEAN BRONZE AGE COLLOQUIUM: A Room with a View: Kea Paintings and Social Context
Friday, 8 May 2015
6:30 PM
Lyvia Morgan, University College London
The Institute of Fine Arts Lecture Hall, 1 East 78th St., New York, NY
This lecture is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required: http://ancientstudies.fas.nyu.edu/page/events Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.


The PERU LNG Project's Contribution to World Heritage
Saturday, 9 May 2015
1:30 PM
Gregory Lockard, Environmental Resources Management
Penn Museum , University of Pennsylvania
The PERU LNG Project involved the construction of a natural gas pipeline, liquefaction plant, and marine terminal to load liquid natural gas (LNG) ships. The Project also involved the use of a quarry to obtain rocks for the construction of a breakwater at the marine terminal. The principal objective of the PERU LNG Archaeological Project was to obtain permits from the Instituto Nacional de Cultura, which was Peru's archaeology authority at the time, for the construction of the plant, quarry, and pipeline. As one of the largest archaeological investigations in the history of Peru, the project included surveys, site evaluations, rescue (i.e., data recovery) excavations, and archaeological monitoring. A total of 137 archaeological sites were rescued, and an additional 140 sites were investigated as chance finds (i.e., inadvertent discoveries) under archaeological monitoring plans. Sites ranged from major archaeological complexes to very small artifact scatters. This talk will present the results of the PERU LNG Archaeological Project, focusing on the four major complexes that were investigated: Pumapuquio, a highland Wari residential and administrative center; Corpas, a highland Warpa/Wari agricultural, residential, and ritual center; Rumajasa, a highland Wari/Chanka funerary site; and Bernales, a coastal Chincha site associated with a small adobe platform mound.


The Sound of Sense: Orality/Aurality in Byzantine Texts and Contexts
Saturday, 16 May 2015
9:00 AM
McCormick Hall 106, Princeton University
Byzantium, a culture of the book, was also a society of the theatron, the refectory, the church and palace hall. If few read privately, many more heard texts read to them as an audience, such as sermons, panegyrics, saints’ lives, hymns, histories, and letters. This conference will seek a re-definition of medieval Greek literacy commensurate with the aural experience of Byzantine literature. Among the topics we will broach are the inscribed orality/aurality in diverse genres; the “pragmatic competence” of Byzantine authors; intersubjectivity and performance; oral poetics and the emergence of vernacular literature; and the sensory dimension of rhetoric.


Recent Discoveries at Amheida
Thursday, 21 May 2015
6:00 PM
Roger Bagnall, ISAW
ISAW 2nd Floor Lecture Hall , 15 East 84th St. New York, NY
RSVP required to info@arceny.com NOTICE: Admission to the ISAW Lecture Hall closes 10 minutes after the scheduled start time --Reception to follow


The Red Monastery Church: Beauty and Asceticism in Upper Egypt
Saturday, 23 May 2015
3:30 PM
Elizabeth Bolman, Temple University
Penn Museum 345, University of Pennsylvania
The results of a ten-year conservation project at the Red Monastery church have revealed a fabulously dynamic, painted interior with close aesthetic and iconographic ties to major early Byzantine monuments. The church dates to the late fifth century, a formative period in the history of monasticism. It illustrates one of the earliest conjunctions of spectacular monumental architecture and asceticism, a fusion that has become so familiar that it seems natural. Initially, however, the choice to deploy such tools in a desert community of men who had chosen to leave the world behind was a contentious one.


Translating the Past, (Re-)shaping History?: Translation Issues in Late Antique and Medieval Christian Historiographical Sources in the Middle East
Saturday, 30 May 2015
10:00 AM
ISAW 2nd Floor Lecture Hall , 15 East 84th St. New York, NY
Late antique and Medieval Christian historiographical corpuses often result from multi-step composition and transmission processes, accumulating successive layers of historical knowledge. Given the cultural diversity of the Middle East, those derive, in many cases, from older sources composed in a different linguistic (and sometimes religious) environment. In this perspective, this workshop intends to address the issue of the impact of the translation processes on the actual historical content of such corpuses, occurring whether in their composition or in their later transmission. Accordingly, the question of the edition of such multilingual textual traditions will also be addressed. Texts in the following languages will be taken into consideration: Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Greek and Syriac. Lost in Translation: The Reconstruction of the Distant Past in Christian Syriac Historiography Muriel Debié (CNRS / EPHE) The Arabic International Copto-Arabic Historiography Project (ICAHP): How to Deal with the History of the Patriarchs of Alexandria as a Translated, Multi-layered, Fluid, and Open Text Tradition in Arabic Johannes den Heijer (UCLouvain) The Independent Recension of the History of Patriarchs of Alexandria. Adaptation and Reception in the Syriac Milieu Manhal Makhoul (UCLouvain / FNRS) Ecclesiastical History (in absentia): Eusebian Trajectories across Greek and Syriac Chronicles Scott F. Johnson (Georgetown / Dumbarton Oaks) The Syriac World History of Michel the Syrian in its Armenian Adaptation (13th c.): A Case Study of Acculturation and Transformation of Shared Christian History in the Near East Andrea Schmidt (UCLouvain) Greek to Arabic Translations from the Early Islamic Period Robert Hoyland (ISAW) Crossing Cultural Borders: The Multilingual Tradition of the Quaestiones ad Antiochum ducem Ilse De Vos (King's College, London) Space is limited; RSVP required: http://isaw.nyu.edu/events/translating-the-past