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January 2018

Great King / King of Kings. Survival and Transformation of a Persian Title in the Hellenistic Period, c. 330–30 BCE: From the Achaemenids to the Parthians

January 10, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Rolf Strootman (Utrecht University) The Old Persian imperial titles Great King and King of Kings (xšâyaθiya vazraka and xšâyaθiya xšâyaθiyânâm) disappeared after the Macedonian conquest of the Achaemenid Empire in 330 BCE. But already before the Parthians reestablished Iranian kingship in Iran, the title Great King had returned in a Greek version: basileus megas. That title was adopted around 205 BCE by the Seleukid emperor Antiochos III (‘the Great’) and by several of his successors. When later the Parthian rulers Mithradates I and…

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Love, War, Ethics & Science: Jewish & Christian Poetics in 15th-Century Southern Italy

January 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

In the second half of the fifteenth century, Venetian, Greek, Albanian, Dalmatian, and Jewish merchants settled in the Southern Italian region of Puglia.  Here they played a major role in the organization of maritime networks and operating commerce along both the Adriatic and Eastern Mediterranean routes. In spite of the unstable political situation in the Aragonese Kingdom of Naples, the favorable economic conditions and the political protection of Venice triggered a flourishing of cultural activity on the Italian Adriatic coast,…

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Bodies and Maps: Personification of the Continents

January 12, 2018 - January 13, 2018

Personifications of the continents of Europe, Africa, Asia, and America abounded in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe. The continents, depicted as female (and sometimes male) figures, appeared in political processions, court performances, ceiling and wall frescos, maps, atlases, frontispieces, poems, travelogues, costume books, prints, paintings, textiles, ceramics, sculptures, wood pulpits, and sculptured tympanums. While the rise in the popularity of these images in the early modern period may well have been related to encounters in the Americas, which increased the…

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CMRS Movie Night: “La Otra Conquista”

January 18, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Set in the wake of the Spanish conquest of Mexico, Salvador Carrasco’s stunning film La Otra Conquista explores the personal, social, and spiritual dimensions of conquest through the eyes of the conquered. Tracing the experiences of a young Aztec scribe facing the destruction and replacement of his faith and a well-intentioned friar charged with his spiritual reeducation, this film examines what it means to convert. Q & A with writer-director Salvador Carrasco (Santa Monica College) will follow the film. Advance registration is requested. Please…

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Between Admiration and Defamation: Reimaging the Knightly Ideal in the Wars Against Lithuanians

January 22, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CMRS Roundtable Completed in 1326, Peter of Dusburg’s Chronicon terrae Prussiae is the earliest known history of the Teutonic Order, its military victories against the Baltic pagans, and its wars against the Lithuanians. As many scholars have demonstrated, Dusburg’s chronicle was intended to provide legal and theological justification for the continuation of the Order’s wars at a time when its military practices had come under widespread criticism. In this Roundtable talk, Dr. Kristina Markman (History, UCLA) shows that Dusburg’s chronicle is much more than…

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In Search of Modern Iran

January 31, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Abbas Amanat (Yale) In this book talk, Abbas Amanat discusses the challenges and rewards of writing about a half millennium of history in his recently published book: Iran: A Modern History  (Yale University Press, 2017). Event Flyer Registration Please complete this form to register for the event. Seating is limited.  Name* First Last Email* Attending?* Yes No Affiliation* UCLA Student UCLA Faculty or Staff UCLA Alumnas Non-UCLA Student Non-UCLA Faculty or Staff General Public This iframe contains the logic required to…

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February 2018

Chamber Music at the Clark: Ensō String Quartet

February 4, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ensō String Quartet Susie Park, violin Ken Hamao, violin Melissa Reardon, viola Richard Belcher, cello One of its generation’s most compelling string ensembles, the Grammy-nominated Ensō String Quartet has risen to the front rank of chamber music performers. Founded at Yale University in 1999, the quartet has been described by Strad magazine as “thrilling,” and praised by The Washington Post for its “glorious sonorities.” The quartet has won numerous awards, including top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild competition and the Banff International String Quartet Competition. In the…

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In Search of Modern Iran (Lecture in Persian)

February 4, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Abbas Amanat (Yale) In this book talk given in Persian, Abbas Amanat discusses the challenges and rewards of writing about a half millennium of history in his recently published book: Iran: A Modern History  (Yale University Press, 2017). Event Flyer

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

February 21, 2018 @ 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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