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January 2018

Great King / King of Kings. Survival and Transformation of a Persian Title in the Hellenistic Period, c. 330–30 BCE: From the Achaemenids to the Parthians

January 10, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Rolf Strootman (Utrecht University) The Old Persian imperial titles Great King and King of Kings (xšâyaθiya vazraka and xšâyaθiya xšâyaθiyânâm) disappeared after the Macedonian conquest of the Achaemenid Empire in 330 BCE. But already before the Parthians reestablished Iranian kingship in Iran, the title Great King had returned in a Greek version: basileus megas. That title was adopted around 205 BCE by the Seleukid emperor Antiochos III (‘the Great’) and by several of his successors. When later the Parthian rulers Mithradates I and…

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In Search of Modern Iran

January 31, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Abbas Amanat (Yale) In this book talk, Abbas Amanat discusses the challenges and rewards of writing about a half millennium of history in his recently published book: Iran: A Modern History  (Yale University Press, 2017). Registration Please complete this form to register for the event. Seating is limited. 

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February 2018

In Search of Modern Iran (Lecture in Persian)

February 4, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Abbas Amanat (Yale) In this book talk given in Persian, Abbas Amanat discusses the challenges and rewards of writing about a half millennium of history in his recently published book: Iran: A Modern History  (Yale University Press, 2017).

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Why and How Iranian Identity has become so Politicized? (Lecture in Persian)

February 11, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Mehrzad Boroujerdi (Syracuse) In this presentation, Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University and Visiting Scholar at UCLA’s Center for Near Eastern Studies, will address such issues as the central tenants of Iranian identity, attempts to refine it, and the current challenges and controversies regarding this contested notion.

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Between Graven Images and Zoroastrian Texts: How to Study Ancient Iranian Religious Iconography?

February 21, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Michael Shenkar (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) The study of the Iranian religious iconography has been traditionally bound to the Zoroastrian texts. Deities, animals and symbols have all been usually interpreted based on the descriptions found in the Avesta and in the Middle Persian literature. However, to treat these problematic texts as a source of Iranian imagery comparable with the Bible for the Byzantine art or with the Buddhist sacred texts for the Buddhist art, is certainly misleading. The potential…

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From Istanbul to Chicago: Iranian Diaspora Across Time and Space (Lecture in Persian)

February 25, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Fariba Zarinebaf (UC Riverside) Abstract forthcoming.

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From Istanbul to Chicago: Iranian Diaspora Across Time and Space

February 26, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Fariba Zarinebaf (UC Riverside) Abstract forthcoming.

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