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Creating and Recreating Nineveh

Monday 22 January 2018
Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
Rapenburg 28
2311 EW Leiden

In light of the successful exhibition about Nineveh, the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden in cooperation with the ERC project Persia and Babylonia is organizing the conference Creating and Recreating Nineveh.

Nineveh was once the largest city of the world and a source of inspiration for classical writers, artists and scientists. The aim of the conference is to explore the processes that lead to Nineveh's position in the past and to discuss divergences and convergences between historical facts and (modern) reconstructions.

Creation and recreation

The morning session is looking towards the creation of ancient Nineveh and its material culture. What made this city a symbol of beauty and power in the seventh century BC? In the afternoon, the conference will focus on why and how Nineveh was, and still is, recreated. Are reconstructions helping us to understand ancient societies, or are they blurring historical reality? Papers will cover the visualization of the city through time including digital reconstructions, renovation work and virtual reality.

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Preliminary programme

9:00 Doors open; coffee and tea
9:30 Welcome
Pieter ter Keurs, National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden
09:35 Symbol of beauty or place of devastation?
Lucas Petit, National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden
Creating Nineveh
09:45 Creating a Royal Court
Melanie Gross, Leiden University
10:10 The Lachish room in Nineveh: a message of economic success
Carolien van der Brugge, VU Amsterdam
10:35 Creating a Capital
Aris Politopoulos, Leiden University
11:00 Creating Palaces
David Kertai, Hebrew University Jerusalem
11:25 Creating a Library
Jeanette Fincke, The Netherlands Institute for the Near East/CNRS
11:50 Creating Stories
Uzume Wijnsma, Leiden University
12:15 Discussion: How much do we really know of ancient Nineveh?
12:30 – 13:45 Lunch break
Recreating Nineveh
13:45 Recreating Nineveh by Artists
Lucas Petit, National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden
14:10 Recreating Nineveh by Archaeologists
Lucas Petit, National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden
14:35 Recreating Nineveh by VR and Animations
Donald Sanders, Learning Sites, VS
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 The reconstruction of Nineveh in "real": an account from Mosul
Ghufran Ahmed, VU Amsterdam
15:55 Live images from Nineveh
Faisal Jeber, Mosul
16:05 Discussion: How should we reconstruct Nineveh?
16:20 Assyrian Virtual Reality
Donald Sanders, Learning Sites, VS
17:00 Reception
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