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April 2019

The faces of the Priests of Amun Exploring Egyptian ‘yellow coffins’ with 3D-modelling

April 2 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In collaboration with the Vatican Coffin Project a project was started based on a new methodological approach for studying ‘yellow coffins’. The project is mainly based on the analysis of ‘facial features’ carved on the lid. These are important elements regarding the typology and the classification of the statues, but they have never been considered in the analysis of coffins, also because it is difficult to discern them clearly under the superimposed pictorial decoration. Today, new technology can help us…

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Mehrnoush Soroush

April 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please join the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World for a lecture by Dr. Mehrnoush Soroush of Harvard University as part of the 2018-2019 Lecture Series. The Lords of Canals and Bridges: Re-Examining the Sasanian Hydraulic Landscapes and Their Heritage in the Islamic Period Sasanian kings are known as builders of impressive hydraulic projects such as the monumental canal of Nahrawan (in southern Iraq), and the Shadorwan bridge of Shushtar (in southwestern Iran). Sasanian hydraulic landscapes have…

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UCLA Bilingual Lecture Series with Dr. Afshin Matin-Asgari

April 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Please join UCLA Iranian Studies for Dr. Afshin Matin-Asgari’s second lecture of the 2018-2019 academic year. He will present research from his latest book on April 9, 2019 in Kaplan Hall 365 (former Humanities Building) at 2:00pm. Both East and West: A Commentary on the History of Modernity in Iran Since the Iranian Revolution of 1979, many observers of Iran have viewed a country torn between Eastern history and ‘Western’ modernity.  This divide between religion and secularity has couched the…

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Jason Schlude

April 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Motivations in the Ancient Middle East: Rome, Parthia, and Realpolitik The Roman and Parthian Empires enjoyed no shortage of wars. From the 50s BCE through the 200s CE, they frequently clashed. Why? The dominant explanation is realpolitik. In the zero-sum game of international relations, each state, out for its own interests, sought the aggressive expansion of its empire and the external security that would bring. Insofar as this is true, we need only one theory to explain the whole Roman-Parthian…

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May 2019

Multilingualism in Early Islamic Egypt: The View from Papyri

May 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

After Arab armies conquered Egypt in the mid-seventh century, the country’s linguistic landscape changed only gradually. Greek, preeminent for centuries as a language of high culture and governance, faded as Arabic advanced to fill these niches. Coptic, which until then had functioned largely as a vernacular, became in its turn a language of culture and administration. This talk traces the three languages’ variable coexistence in a time of political and social change through the papyri and literary sources. Sponsored By:…

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Ancient Iran and the Classical World

May 29 @ 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

You are invited to attend: Ancient Iran and the Classical World A two-day international symposium jointly hosted by the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World at UCLA and the Getty Research Institute   Wednesday, May 29th – 306 Royce Hall, UCLA Thursday, May 30, 2019 – Getty Villa, VN 113-114   Full schedule coming soon. Please RSVP to Marissa Stevens at stevensma@humnet.ucla.edu

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