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November 2017

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

November 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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 king and a satrap. Is his position within the Persian governmental structure indeed exceptional, and perhaps a sign of…

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December 2017

From Pastoral Nomads to Policemen: Ethnicity and Identity of the Medjay in Ancient Egypt

December 5 @ 1:00 pm

Professor Kate Liszka will provide a lecture on the introduction of the diverse textual, artistic, and archaeological sources that help us identify how Medjay evolved from an ethnic group to Egypt’s most important police force. Come learn more about the Medjay people. Lunch will be provided.   Kate Liszka completed her degree in Egyptology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. In her dissertation, she studied the evolution of the Medjay from the Old Kingdom—when they were a Nubian ethnic group…

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Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Holiday Party

December 8 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come join us for our First Annual Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Holiday Party! Come meet faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students within the program. Refreshments will be provided. Event Flyer Please RSVP for Event Name First Last Email Affiliation?* FacultyGraduate StudentUndergraduate StudentAlumniStaffOther This iframe contains the logic required to handle Ajax powered Gravity Forms. jQuery(document).ready(function($){gformInitSpinner( 61, ‘http://nelc.ucla.edu/wp-content/plugins/gravityforms/images/spinner.gif’ );jQuery(‘#gform_ajax_frame_61’).load( function(){var contents = jQuery(this).contents().find(‘*’).html();var is_postback = contents.indexOf(‘GF_AJAX_POSTBACK’) >= 0;if(!is_postback){return;}var form_content = jQuery(this).contents().find(‘#gform_wrapper_61’);var is_confirmation = jQuery(this).contents().find(‘#gform_confirmation_wrapper_61’).length > 0;var is_redirect = contents.indexOf(‘gformRedirect(){‘) >= 0;var…

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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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February 2018

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) Abstract Forthcoming This event is co-sponsored by The UCLA Asia Pacific Center. To register for this event, please click here. Seating is limited.

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