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December 2020

Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Michael Jackson Bonner

December 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Sasanian Iran: A Personal View This talk will focus on topics included in Dr. Bonner's new book, The Last Empire of Iran, a narrative history of Sasanian Persia. Throughout this lecture, Dr. Bonner will share with the audience the impetus for writing this book. The principle motivation was to portray the Sasanian state as the great world power that it was and to situate it properly between Rome and the nomad powers of Inner Asia. It addresses the classicising and…

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January 2021

Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Afshin Marashi

January 13, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Parsi Community of India and the Making of Modern Iran This book talk will provide an overview of Exile and the Nation: The Parsi Community of India and the Making of Modern Iran (University of Texas Press, 2020). In the aftermath of the 7th century Islamic conquest of Iran, large numbers of Zoroastrians departed for India. Known as the Parsis, they slowly lost contact with their ancestral homeland until the 19th century, when stream-powered sea travel and the philanthropic…

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Jason Schlude

January 22, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Book Talk: Rome, Parthia, and the Politics of Peace This volume offers an informed survey of the problematic relationship between the ancient empires of Rome and Parthia from c. 96/95 BCE to 224 CE. Schlude explores the rhythms of this relationship and invites its readers to reconsider the past and our relationship with it. Some have looked to this confrontation to help explain the roots of the long-lived conflict between the West and the Middle East. It is a reading…

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February 2021

Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Nikolaus Overtoom

February 3, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Reconsidering the Emergence of the Parthian State: The Crisis of the 240s-230s BCE in the Hellenistic Middle East Nikolaus Overtoom's study of the rise of the Parthian Empire, Reign of Arrows: The Rise of the Parthian Empire in the Hellenistic Middle East, brings a new perspective to this important development in the history of the Hellenistic Middle East. By emphasizing the changing international-systems elements that led to the expansion of the Arsacid kings, Overtoom allows scholars to develop a more…

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Carlo G. Cereti

February 19, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Narseh’s Diadem: Religion, royalty and power under the early Sasanians This talk focuses on the Sasanian king Narseh (293-302 CE), who celebrated his accession to the throne through the bilingual inscription (Middle Persian and Parthian) and commemorative monument built in Paikuli, the site where the activities of the archaeological mission of Sapienza-University of Rome are taking place.  The Italian Archaeological Mission to Iraqi Kurdistan (MAIKI – Missione Archeologica Italiana nel Kurdistan Iracheno) began work in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq…

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