History of Sparta & How It Triumphed Over Athens

History of Sparta & How It Triumphed Over Athens

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 8 pm Eastern via Zoom History of Sparta & How It Triumphed Over Athens Alfred S. Bradford, University of Oklahoma   The Spartans were once the supreme infantry power in the Greek world. Their enemies usually did not dare to face them in the field and pretty much came into […]

The Destruction of Sacred Texts in Biblical Antiquity

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 8 pm EST via Zoom The Destruction of Sacred Texts in Biblical Antiquity Nathaniel Levtow, University of Montana   The intentional destruction of texts dates back to the beginnings of writing in Mesopotamia and has for millennia been associated with violence against human beings. From the burning of the Talmud […]

Inventing the Sumerians: Language, Literature & Politics in Early Mesopotamia

Inventing the Sumerians: Language, Literature & Politics in Early Mesopotamia.

The Real Lives of Women in Biblical Times

This illustrated presentation uses archaeological resources to explore the lives of Israelite women, helping us place the biblical narratives into their ancient real-life setting.

From Sanctuary to Synagogue

This illustrated lecture details the origins of the synagogue and its decorative arts

The Fugitive Hero Stories in the Bible and the Ancient Near East

These foundational stories all tell of a person who is compelled to flee their native land.

Archaeology in Israel: Where the Past Meets the Present

This presentation will analyze findings at several ancient key sites in Israel to illustrate the intersection between the discoveries there and the pressures of the modern world.

The Desert Fortresses of Ptolemaic Egypt

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8 pm EST via Zoom The Desert Fortresses of Ptolemaic Egypt Jen Gates-Foster Recent archaeological work in Egypt’s Eastern Desert has revealed a network of fortresses and way stations constructed in the mid-third century BCE by the pharaohs of Ptolemaic Egypt. These military installations were constructed to supply and protect […]

Egyptian Rule and Canaanite Resistance as Seen from Jaffa

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 8 pm EST via Zoom Egyptian Rule and Canaanite Resistance as Seen from Jaffa Aaron Burke, UCLA Excavations of the Egyptian New Kingdom fortress in Jaffa, on the southern side of Tel Aviv, were undertaken from 1956 to 2014. As the only Egyptian fortress that has been excavated in Canaan, […]

Writing on the Wall: Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity

Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 8 pm EST via Zoom Writing on the Wall: Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity Karen Stern, State University of New York, Brooklyn Just like their neighbors throughout the eastern and southern Mediterranean, Mesopotamia, Arabia, and Egypt, ancient Jews scribbled and drew graffiti everyplace — in and around markets, hippodromes, theaters, […]