The Pourdavoud Center holds conferences, workshops, seminars, and lecture series that serve as a catalyst for pioneering interdisciplinary scholarship, while enhancing the visibility of the field for a wider audience. The programmatic initiatives of the Pourdavoud Center seek to stimulate new scholarship in the field, and complement the work of the Pourdavoud scholars in residence. The activities of the Pourdavoud Center are podcast and made available on the Center’s website.

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  • 29 Nov

    The Achaemenid King and his Governors: Identity – Imitation – Identification

    Wed, November 29, 2017
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    306 Royce Hall
    10945 Dickson Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

    Maria Brosius (University of Toronto) While we may have a rather clear idea about the relationship between the Achaemenid king and his satraps, the relationship between the king and local governors and city-rulers has received less scholarly attention. An exception to this omission is Mausolus of Caria who seems to stand out because Greek sources refer to him both as a...

  • 15 May

    Sasanian Iran

    Tue, May 15, 2018
    8:00 am - 7:00 pm
    306 Royce Hall
    10945 Dickson Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

    In May 2018, the Pourdavoud Center will organize, in conjunction with the Jordan Center for Persian Studies at the University of California, Irvine, the first of a series of international conferences exploring the Sasanian empire and the world of late antiquity. The term “Sasanian Workshops” emulates the successful “Achaemenid Workshops” that were responsible for the re-invigoration of Achaemenid studies.