Department of Egyptology and Assyriology

Conference: The Allure of the Ancient

We invite you to join a diverse range of scholars reviewing the reception, use, and misuse of the Ancient Near East in early modern art, literature, scholarship, and politics.

Fourteen speakers will explore the ways that the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Babylonia, Assyria, and Persia were imagined and their history constructed by scholars, artists, and writers during the early modern period (ca. 1600–1800) – and the political and social uses that they were put to.

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The conference seeks to go beyond a purely Euro-centric study of reception to explore also local reception within the near east, and reception in the Americas.  April 6 & 7 9:00-5:00 RI Hall 108 60 George Street.

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Allure of the Ancient