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May 2022

The World of Ancient Iran and the West

May 19 - May 20
314 Royce Hall,

An International Symposium Convened by M. Rahim Shayegan (University of California, Los Angeles) and  Jeffrey Spier (J. Paul Getty Museum) May 19–20, 2022 | 314 Royce Hall Morning Refreshments: 8:00 am Symposium Begins: 9:00 am The Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World and the J. Paul Getty Museum are convening for a third year an international symposium on the exchanges between ancient Iran and the Classical world. This year’s symposium, held at UCLA over two days (May…

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June 2022

Becoming a Titan: Hermann Grapow’s Position in Egyptology and National Socialist Initiatives for the Humanities, 1938–45

June 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
365 Kaplan Hall,

This lecture will be a case study of the academic and political roles of one of the most prominent German Egyptologists of the 20th century during the second part of the Nazi period: Hermann Grapow (1885–1967). Grapow, Professor of Egyptology at the University of Berlin and a senior administrator of the university and the Prussian Academy of Arts and Sciences between 1938 and 1945, was instrumental in repositioning Egyptology during these years under his own leadership, and to open the…

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Love, Service, and the State: An analysis of communication and persuasion in Old Kingdom Egyptian letters and decrees

June 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
348 Kaplan Hall,

This research explores how self-perception and royal ideology shaped and legitimized the ethics of community behavior and hierarchical interaction at the end of the Egyptian Old Kingdom (ca. 2700-2200 BCE). First, my analysis of politeness in private letters determines the ancient Egyptian behavioral expectations around inferiors, superiors, and equals. Subsequently, I investigate how the pharaoh’s rhetoric instrumentalized the community focus seen in letters to shape his ideology of state service in royal letters and decrees. Critical Discourse Analysis reveals that…

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Bilingual Lecture Series: Nahid Pirnazar

June 5 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Judeo Persian Writings an original comprehensive collection published in 2021 gives parallel examples in Judeo Persian and Perso Arabic script and their translations into English Most Judeo Persian documents not only reflect the twenty seven centuries of Jewish life in Iran, but they are also a testament to their intellectual, cultural, and socioeconomic conditions The significant value of such documents is found in the areas of linguistics, history, sociocultural and literary issues, in the form of verse and prose As…

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