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Coming to Campus

- April 10, 2006

Coming to Campus is a section announcing visiting speakers of note.

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The imperial organization of the Ancient Near East will be the theme of the 2006 Beverly and Raymond Sackler Art and Archaeology Symposium, “Empires of the Ancient Near East: Genesis, Structure, Demise,” on Friday, April 14, at the Thomas. J. Dodd Research Center.

Speakers will address issues such as the various modes of imperial integration; the expansion of rule and its legitimation; rulers and the subjects of imperial address; and the social and cultural contexts of imperialization.

The symposium will also explore the structure of imperial economies, and the causes of their decline and fall.

The program begins at 2 p.m. Speakers include:

Harvey Weiss, Yale University, “Was the Akkadian Empire Imperial?” 2:15 p.m.

Marc Van de Mieroop, Columbia University, “Building an Empire: an Assyrian Version,” 3 p.m.

John Curtis, The British Museum, “The Art of Achaemenid Persia: Origins and Influences,” 4 p.m.

Susan Downey, University of California, Los Angeles, “Rome and Parthia, Rival Empires in the Near East,” 4:45 p.m.

The symposium is open to the University community and the public. Admission is free.

The Beverly and Raymond Sackler Art and Archaeology Symposium, now in its fifth year, fosters an exchange of ideas between scholars, faculty, and students across the University and throughout New England.

The event is made possible by support from philanthropists Raymond and Beverly Sackler.

For more information, go to: http://www.art.uconn.edu/events/sackler/index.htm or e-mail Professor Robin Greeley at robin.greeley@uconn.edu.

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