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November 2021

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Bruno Jacobs and Robert Rollinger

November 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Achaemenid Persian Empire: A Two-Volume Companion Often called the first world empire, the Achaemenid Empire is rooted in older Near Eastern traditions. A Companion to the Achaemenid Persian Empire offers a perspective in which the history of the empire is embedded in the preceding and subsequent epochs. In this way, the traditions that shaped the Achaemenid Empire become as visible as the powerful impact it had on further historical development. But the work does not only break new ground…

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October 2021

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Pourdavoud Center Fall Welcome Event

October 22 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Please join us for a digital fall reception to celebrate the continued success of the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World. In the company of Dr. Anahita Naficy Lovelace and Mr. Jim Lovelace, the Center’s benefactors, David Schaberg, Dean of Humanities, M. Rahim Shayegan, the Center’s director, our staff, academic affiliates, colleagues, students, and esteemed guests, we shall be introducing the Center’s stimulating programming and research agenda for the academic year 2021–22. Zoom registration is required.  Please click…

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May 2021

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Almut Hintze

May 21 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Yasna Ritual in Performance Up to the present day Zoroastrian priests perform a millennia old ritual, the Yasna, in which the recitation of ancient Avestan texts accompanies the performance of ritual actions. Using new visual source material of images and film clips, this lecture discusses the performance of the Yasna and its significance for the Zoroastrian tradition. About the Speaker Almut Hintze studied Indo-European philology at the Universities of Heidelberg and Oxford and earned her PhD in Indo-Iranian Studies…

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Pourdavoud Center Workshop: Udjahorresnet’s Egypt

May 7 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Udjahorresnet’s Egypt: The Crossroads of Conquest and Identity under Achaemenid Rule The concept for this workshop was inspired by the open access volume, Udjahorresnet and His World (JAEI 26, 2020), which contextualizes the life of Udjahorresnet, an elite politician and chief physician of Egypt’s 26th and 27th Dynasties in the 6th century BCE.  His career spanned the end of the Egyptian Saite period and the beginning of Achaemenid Persian dominion in Egypt, and his (auto)biographical inscriptions suggest he played a…

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February 2021

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Carlo G. Cereti

February 19 @ 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 currently studied by the archaeological mission of Sapienza-University of Rome: The Italian Archaeological Mission to Iraqi Kurdistan (MAIKI – Missione Archeologica Italiana nel Kurdistan Iracheno). The mission’s work in Paikuli focuses on the reconstruction and preservation of…

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Nikolaus Overtoom

February 3 @ 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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January 2021

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Jason Schlude

January 22 @ 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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Pourdavoud Center/Amuzegar Lecture Series: Afshin Marashi

January 13 @ 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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December 2020

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Michael Jackson Bonner

December 2, 2020 @ 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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November 2020

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Pourdavoud Center Workshop: Papyrus Amherst 63

November 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Puzzling Papyrus: New Perspectives on Papyrus Amherst 63 In this workshop, two of the world’s leading experts on Papyrus Amherst 63, Professors Tawny Holm and Karel van der Toorn, will reflect on recent scholarship on the Aramaic texts of this papyrus written in Demotic Egyptian script during the Persian Period. Since the decipherment of the papyrus, scholars have turned to investigating the papyrus’ compositional setting, as well as the hymns, prayers, and stories found in the papyrus, some of…

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Henry Colburn

November 4, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Achaemenid Egypt: The Archaeology of a Colonial Encounter Traditionally, Egyptologists have regarded the period of Achaemenid Persian rule (the 27th Dynasty, c. 526-404 BCE) as an unmitigated disaster for the Egyptians. This view, however, is based primarily on the perception that there is a scarcity of material from this period; in turn this scarcity is read through an orientalist lens as the result of oppression and political and economic turmoil. This is not to say that turmoil and oppression did…

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October 2020

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Pourdavoud Center Fall 2020 Welcome Event

October 23, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

You Are Invited: Pourdavoud Center Fall 2020 Welcome Event Friday, October 23, 2020 at 11:00am PST via Zoom Registration Required Please join us for a digital fall reception to celebrate the continued success of the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World. In the company of Dr. Anahita Naficy Lovelace and Mr. Jim Lovelace, the Center’s benefactors, David Schaberg, Dean of Humanities, M. Rahim Shayegan, the Center’s director, our staff, academic affiliates, colleagues, students, and esteemed guests, we shall…

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March 2020

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Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series

March 2, 2020 - March 11, 2020
Fowler A222, 308 Charles E Young Dr N
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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The Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series presentations at UCLA, which has a counterpart at the Collège de France, are delivered by a distinguished scholar whose work has impacted the study of the Iranian Civilization.  Each biennial lecture series consists of four to five lectures on a single theme that is elaborated and amplified into a monograph.  The 2020 Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series honored guest lecturer is Professor Daniel Potts. The 2020 Yarshater Lecture Series will be held in the Cotsen…

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February 2020

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14th Melammu Symposium

February 18, 2020 - February 20, 2020
314 Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Fourteenth Symposium of the Melammu Project “Contextualizing Iranian Religions in the Ancient World” Please click here to view the full symposium schedule. The 14th Melammu Symposium: Contextualizing Iranian Religions in the Ancient World The Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World is convening the 14th Melammu Symposium at UCLA. The international three-day symposium held at Royce Hall will explore Iranian religions in light of ancient Near Eastern traditions and precedents. It hosts scholars whose work pertain to the…

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Gil Stein

February 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
306 Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Please join the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World for a lecture by Professor Gil Stein. Achaemenids or Persians?  Burials, Material Culture, and Imperial Identities in the Euphrates Valley (5th-4th centuries BCE) The Achaemenid empire was the largest empire in the world in the 5th-4th centuries BCE, encompassing numerous polities and cultural groups within its 20 satrapies. To rule this enormous empire, the Persian elites had to gain the active support of the people they governed to…

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Gil Stein

February 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA (CALIFORNIA) 90095
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Please join the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World for a lecture by Professor Gil Stein. Achaemenids or Persians?  Burials, Material Culture, and Imperial Identities in the Euphrates Valley (5th-4th centuries BCE) The Achaemenid empire was the largest empire in the world in the 5th-4th centuries BCE, encompassing numerous polities and cultural groups within its 20 satrapies. To rule this enormous empire, the Persian elites had to gain the active support of the people they governed to…

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January 2020

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Robert Steele

January 29, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
306 Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Please join the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World for a lecture by Dr. Robert Steele. Ancient Persia in Pahlavi Politics: The Imperial Celebrations of 1971 and Cultural Policy under the Shah In October 1971, heads of state, political and cultural figures, business leaders, and journalists from around the world came to Persepolis at the invitation of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran. They were there to celebrate the 2500th Anniversary of the Founding of the Persian…

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Everett Wheeler

January 15, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
306 Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Dr. Everett Wheeler of Duke University will present his research on “Parthians in the Roman Army” for the Pourdavoud Center on January 15, 2020. Parthians in the Roman Army The open frontier along the Euphrates River between the Roman and Parthian empires by no means marked a cultural divide. From the time of Pompey on, both powers availed themselves of forces from local dynasts and mercenaries. Parthian dynastic strife produced exiles and refugees, some of which migrated into Roman territory…

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Everett Wheeler

January 15, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA (CALIFORNIA) 90095
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Dr. Everett Wheeler of Duke University will present his research on “Parthians in the Roman Army” for the Pourdavoud Center on January 15, 2020. Parthians in the Roman Army The open frontier along the Euphrates River between the Roman and Parthian empires by no means marked a cultural divide. From the time of Pompey on, both powers availed themselves of forces from local dynasts and mercenaries. Parthian dynastic strife produced exiles and refugees, some of which migrated into Roman territory…

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October 2019

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2019 Pourdavoud Center Fall Welcome Reception

October 9, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
306 Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Please join us for a fall reception at Royce Hall to celebrate the continued success of the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World, the latest addition to the research centers in the Humanities Division. In the company of faculty, our staff, academic affiliates, colleagues, students, and esteemed guests, we shall explore the growth of the Center’s philosophy, programs, fellowships, and grants.  Light refreshments will be served. The event will be held on the terrace of Royce 306. …

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