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Beneath the Sands of Egypt: An archaeologist explores the Valley of the Kings
Saturday, 27 September 2014
3:30 PM
Donald P. Ryan, Pacific Lutheran University
Penn Museum 345, University of Pennsylvania
After nearly two hundred years of exploration, and over ninety years since the finding of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922, the Valley of the Kings continues to produce new discoveries and insights. In this lecture, archaeologist/Egyptologist Donald P. Ryan will share some of the many fascinating surprises he has uncovered while investigating some of the lesser-known tombs in the ancient royal cemetery. These include the rediscovery of a tomb in which the recently-identified mummy of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut was found, and indications that a surprising number and variety of individuals were buried amidst the pharaohs in the Valley.
Sponsored by: American Research Center in Egypt, Pennsylvania Chapter


Philostratus and the Octoberfest: How the Rediscovery of an Ancient Text Shaped the Modern Olympics
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
4:30 PM
Kai Brodersen, Universitat Erfurt
McCormick Hall 106, Princeton University
As classicists, we enjoy the public interest in our field every four years: before the Olympic Games. We eagerly refer to Olympic disciplines like running, jumping, javelin and discus throwing, as well as (after a recent debate: still) wrestling, as clear signs for the continuing influence of the ancient on the modern world. However, other well-known ancient Olympic disciplines like horse racing or chariot competitions have not been adopted for the modern Games. Why is this the case? This lecture will explore the connection of both the rediscovery and delayed, but consciously timed, publication of an ancient text. Philostratus peri gymnastikes, in the mid-19th century, and the Munich Oktoberfest, as seminal contributions to the shape of the modern Olympics


The Diplomat, the Dealer, and the Digger: The Antiquities Trade in 19th-Century Greece
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
6:15 PM
Dr. Yannis Galanakis, University of Cambridge
Penn Museum Rainey Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania
Relatively little is known today about the ways in which the antiquities trade was organized in 19th-century Europe. In this lecture, Dr. Yannis Galanakis, Lecturer in Greek Prehistory, University of Cambridge, explores how the commodification of the past became inextricably interwoven with power politics, and gave rise to different collecting attitudes and debates on cultural property, ownership, and the value of things in the modern world. Sponsored by the American Institute of Archaeology. Free admission.


Great Wonders Lecture: The Great Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
6:00 PM
David Silverman, Penn Museum
Penn Museum Rainey Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. David Silverman, Curator-in-Charge, Penn Museum, Egyptian Section, presents the opening lecture in the Great Wonders Lecture Series. The most recognized of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Giza's pyramids and Sphinx have fascinated humankind for more than 5,500 years. At 240 feet long and almost 70 feet high, the Sphinx is Egypt's largest statue; at a height of 481 feet, the Great Pyramid was the world's tallest built structure for several thousand years. Many questions, debates, and theories focus on their purpose, age, origin, and creators. Did indigenous peoples, slaves, or ancient aliens build them? Did secret chambers lie within? Could pyramids magically preserve their contents? Did the elements in the solar system guide their placement on the Giza plateau? Sign up for a series subscription and save! $40, general public; $15, Penn Museum members. Individual lecture with advance registration: $5, general public; $2, Museum members; $10 at the door based on availability. For more information, or to register, visit www.penn.museum/greatwonders.


Play in Aristotle
Thursday, 2 October 2014
4:30 PM
Stephen Kidd, Brown University
Cohen Hall 402 or 337, University of Pennsylvania
Aristotle twice refutes the apparently prevalent position that the best life consists of "play" (paidia) -- once in the Politics and once in the Nicomachean Ethics. But who is he responding to with these refutations and why does he degrade play in favor of his preferred term "leisure"? These are some of the problems this paper will confront.


Jacob Taubes, Michael Wyschogrod, and radical Jewish approaches to Paul and ‘early Christianity’
Thursday, 2 October 2014
7:00 PM
John G. Gager, Princeton University
Cohen Hall Second Floor Lounge, University of Pennsylvania
Suggested Readings: Jacob Taubes, “Paul and Moses,” in The Political Theology of Paul, 13-54; Michael Wyschogrod, “Paul, Jews, and Gentiles” and “The Impact of Dialogue with Christianity on My Self-Understanding as a Jew,” in Abraham’s Promise; John Gager, “The Rehabilitation of Paul in Jewish Tradition,” in ‘The One Who Sews Bountifully’: Essays in Honor of Stanley K. Stowers, eds C. Hodge, S. Olyan, D. Ullicci and E. Wasserman (2013) 29-41 (PDF scans to be posted on our Facebook page when available.)


Greeks Over the Sea and Greeks Overseas: New Approaches
Friday, 3 October 2014
11:00 AM
Irad Malkin, Tel Aviv University
Scheide Caldwell House 209, Princeton University
Please RSVP to thatcher@princeton.edu


The Trinket Problem: What Role for Non-Elite Imports in the Early Iron Age? The Case of Lefkandi, Greece
Friday, 3 October 2014
12:00 PM
Dr. Nathan Arrington, Princeton University
Penn Museum Classroom 2, University of Pennsylvania


Moving Viewers, Shifting Images: The South Transept Portal of Strasbourg Cathedral and the Medieval Art of Montage
Friday, 3 October 2014
3:30 PM
Jacqueline Jung, Yale University
Van Pelt Library Kislak Center, University of Pennsylvania
Sponsored by: Jill and John Avery Fund in the Department of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania


Roman Religion, Pisidian Practice: Rock-cut Votive reliefs from Southwest Anatolia
Friday, 3 October 2014
4:30 PM
Tyler Jo Smith, University of Virginia
Carpenter Library B21, Bryn Mawr College


Between Vertere and Interpretari: Texts and Gods in Roman Culture
Monday, 6 October 2014
5:30 PM
Maurizio Bettini, University of Siena
East Pyne 010, Princeton University


Mobility, migration, and the emergence of the polis: critical approaches to Greek Colonization
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
4:30 PM
Irad Malkin, Tel Aviv University
Cohen Hall 402, University of Pennsylvania
By 500 BCE the coasts of the Mediterranean and Black Sea were dotted with Greek poleis sharing in a Greek civilization. Many are known to be "colonies" of various mother cities, a kind of endless chain: Sparta, a "colony of the Dorians" (Pindar; Dark Age?); Thera, a colony of Sparta (late Dark Age?); Cyrene, a colony of Thera (631 BCE?). The conventional image of a founder (oikist) leading an apoikia with Delphic charter in hand and replicating the mother city is re-examined here. Facing the claim that chapters on Greek colonization should be edited out of books on Greek history I present a network model (Small Greek World) with a special emphasis on the perspectives of individual colonists; the individual and communal "right of return"; and the implication of the Greek-Wide-Web of colonies and mother cities.


To Como then I came: on writing a modern biography of an ancient Roman
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
4:30 PM
Roy Gibson, University of Manchester
East Pyne 010, Princeton University


Tales from the Deep: Developments in Protecting Underwater Cultural Heritage
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
5:30 PM
Ole Varmer and James Delgado,
Penn Museum Widener Lecture Hall, University of Pennsylvania
Learn more about current work to protect underwater cultural heritage from Ole Varmer, Attorney-Advisor to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and International Section of NOAA’s Office of General Counsel, and James Delgado, Director of the Maritime Heritage Program for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Free Admission
Sponsored by: Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Penn Cultural Heritage Center


Recovering Polychromy in the Statues of Hadrian's Villa
Wednesday, 8 October 2014
5:00 PM
Bernard Frischer, Indiana University
Penn Museum Rainey Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania
Emperor Hadrian's villa near Rome was a vast complex, resplendent with many buildings surrounded by gardens, groves, statues, and water features. Archaeologist Bernard Frischer, an international authority on virtual heritage, describes his remarkable project to scan, model, and digitally restore to their full color and shape representative statues and other sculptures from this World Heritage Site.