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April 2018

Royal Succession in Ancient Egypt and Early Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean

April 16 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Royal Succession in Ancient Egypt Nowhere are the legal terms of royal succession in ancient Egypt set out in explicit terms. The concept of hereditary monarchy manifests a wide range of modes of succession across time and place, and today we will review these, together with such evidence as survives from Egypt to discuss the way in which Egyptian pharaonic succession may have functioned, in both theory and practice. We also consider the evidence for and existence of, the institution…

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ARCE Practice Talks Round 2

April 11 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Compositional Design of Djedhor Cairo JE 46341 Michael Chen (Egyptology). This paper examines the layout of spells upon the statue surfaces of Djedhor to uncover the inherent planning behind the design of the statue. This strategic design reveals both a balanced spell arrangement and the inscribing order of the statue’s construction. The patterns observed in my analysis permit a greater intertextual study of magical healing spells and a better understanding of these spells’ relationships with materiality.   Temple Rank and…

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Panel on Environment and Sustainability (in Persian)

April 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Following the lectures of the speakers, there will be a period for Q & A. Amir AghaKouchak (UC Irvine) Anthropogenic Drought and the Notion of Water-Bankruptcy خشکسالی انسانی و مقوله ورشکستگی آبی The presentation focuses on Iran currently experiencing serious water and environmental problems. Droughts coupled with increasing water demands and over-abstraction of surface and groundwater resources have escalated the nation’s water situation to a critical level. We argue that while climate change has played a role, the primary drivers…

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ARCE Practice Talks Round 1

April 6 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Religious Significance of Timber in Ancient Egypt Carrie Arbuckle (Archaeology). In this talk, the religious significance of timber in ancient Egypt is explored, particularly as it relates to coffin construction. This approach is based on a translation of a variation of Book of the Dead spell 193.   Hard Times: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of Three Individuals from Tell Edfu Rose Campbell (archaeology). Excavations near the Temple of Edfu in 2012 unexpectedly revealed three human skeletons in a grain…

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March 2018

Egyptology in Nazi Germany: Ideology, Scholarship, Careers

March 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The history of Egyptology in the Third Reich has long been tabooed and never been the subject of academic analysis. Based on extensive archival research in Germany, this lecture will provide an overview of the discipline under National Socialism. It will look at the careers of individual scholars, from the emigrants and those persecuted to scholars who served in the SA, SS and Waffen-SS, and who themselves as “political leaders” for the new regime. Attempts to align Egyptology, a discipline…

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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 pre-Islamic and Islamic Iran up to modern times. The theme of Nowruz has been ceremoniously recited at royal courts, as well as in cities…

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Unscripted: The Visuality of Monumental Script in Ptolemaic Egypt

March 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 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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February 2018

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

February 21 @ 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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Why and How Iranian Identity has become so Politicized? (Lecture in Persian)

February 11 @ 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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Freed from Hostageship: Iranian Perspectives on the Arsacids of Rome

February 7 @ 4:00 pm

Jake Nabel (Getty Research Institute) Over the course of the Julio-Claudian period in Rome (c.30 BCE-68 CE), several Arsacid princes from the ruling family of the Parthian empire were sent to live in the court of the Roman emperor. Ancient Greco-Roman sources describe these figures as “hostages,” and modern scholars have largely followed suit. While contemporary Parthian evidence is scarce, this talk will draw on later Iranian sources and broader histories of the ancient Near East to consider the Arsacids…

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