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March 2018

Unscripted: The Visuality of Monumental Script in Ptolemaic Egypt

March 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Egyptian language is visually associated with its iconic Hieroglyphs. However, by the Ptolemaic period (332-30 BCE), the later form of Egyptian known as Demotic, which employed a different script, was commonly used in daily life. Hieroglyphs retained a prominent position and could imbue an inscription with prestige, but the multicultural shift of the Egyptian population by this period led to modifications in the vocabulary of social presentation. At this time, individuals creating inscribed funerary objects began experimenting with the…

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Songs of Nowruz and Spring in Persian Poetry

March 10 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak (UCLA) The celebration known as Nowruz not only marks the start of the Iranian New Year at the vernal equinox, but it has also been widely celebrated over several millennia across a vast expanse from Anatolia, the Iranian plateau, to West and Central Asia. As a theme too, Nowruz and the spring have been a staple of Persian poetry in preIslamic and Islamic Iran up to modern times. The theme of Nowruz has been ceremoniously recited at royal…

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