Events

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.

Browse list of Past Events:
Lecture Series  |  Conferences  |  Seminars  |  Workshops

  • 7 Feb

    Freed from Hostageship: Iranian Perspectives on the Arsacids of Rome

    Wed, February 07, 2018
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    306 Royce Hall
    10945 Dickson Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

    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,...

  • 21 Feb

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

    Wed, February 21, 2018
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    306 Royce Hall
    10945 Dickson Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

    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...

  • 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.