Fish out of Water: Greek Deportees, Persian Empires, and the Classical Mediterranean

Published: April 25, 2018

About the Speaker Nabel’s research centers on interstate affairs between the early Principate and the Parthian empire, Rome’s imperial peer on the Iranian plateau, but he also maintain active interests in Latin literature, the Hellenistic East, and Sasanian history. In all his work, he draws on both Greco-Roman literary texts and Near Eastern sources to…

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Lost Hellenistic Sculptures ‘Rediscovered’ in Mesopotamia and Iran

Published: April 25, 2018

About the Speaker Vito Messina is assistant professor in Archaeology of Ancient Iran (University of Torino).He is co-director of the Iranian-Italian Joint Expedition in Khuzestan (Iran) and director of the projects SigNet and (in)visible collections, held in collaboration with international Institutions.He participated at several archaeological campaigns in Iran, Iraq, Turkmenistan and Jordan, and served as…

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Ex Oriente Lux? A Eurasian Perspective on the Formation of the Roman Empire

Published: April 25, 2018

About the Speaker Miguel John Versluys is professor of Classical and Mediterranean archaeology at Leiden University. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from Leiden University in 2001 for a study of images of Egypt in Roman visual material culture and, in broader terms, the meaning of Aegyptiaca Romana. His research and teaching explore the cultural dynamics…

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The Persianization of Greek Myth

Published: April 25, 2018

About the Speaker Margaret Miller specializes in the archaeology and material culture of the ancient Mediterranean. She publishes widely on cultural relations between first millennium BC Greece, Anatolia and the ancient Near East, especially relations within and with the Persian Empire. She has a long-standing interest in the exploitation of archaeology as a tool of…

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The Eye of the King Comes to Athens: Persia in the Greek Imagination

Published: April 25, 2018

About the Speaker Dan Beckman holds a Ph.D in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, with a focus on Iranian Studies, from UCLA. Since joining the Center in the fall of 2017, his research has focused on Persian history as recorded in Greek and Latin sources, and his courses have included a Freshman Seminar on Alexander the Great. Dan’s article “Cyrus…

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Achaemenid Anatolia and the Creation of Empire

Published: April 25, 2018

About the Speaker Elspeth Dusinberre (Ph.D. Michigan 1997) is interested in cultural interactions in Anatolia, particularly in the ways in which the Achaemenid Persian Empire (ca. 550-330 BCE) affected local social structures and in the give-and-take between Achaemenid and other cultures. Her first book, Aspects of Empire in Achaemenid Sardis (Cambridge 2003), examines such issues…

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Fearless Ērānšahr: Sasanian Coinage in Context of Roman Relations

Published: April 25, 2018

About the Speaker Dr. Daryaee’s research has focused on ancient and early medieval history of Iran, specifically the Sasanian Empire. He has worked on Middle Persian literature, editing and translating several texts with commentary on geography, dinner speech, chess and backgammon. He is also interested in the history of Zoroastrianism in Late Antiquity and its…

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