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Ancient Worlds network

The Ancient Worlds Network brings together staff and graduate students in LIAS working on the ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern world.

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Miriam Müller

The Ancient Worlds Network brings together staff and graduate students in LIAS working on the ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern world. Our expertise covers a wide range of areas and disciplines, including the study of Ancient Arabia, Assyriology, Coptic Studies, Egyptology, Hebrew and Aramaic Studies, ancient Iranian Studies, Papyrology, linguistics, the study of religions, and the history of philosophy and science. The aim of the network is threefold. First, we want to stimulate scientific debate and synergy among faculty and graduate students engaged in the study of the ancient world at LIAS. To this aim we regularly organize discussion sessions on "Current Debates" in our respective fields. Second, we aim to reflect on current and future challenges to our various academic fields and to propose strategies for improving our resilience and versatility. Third, we will contribute to improving facilities for graduate training in ancient world studies at LIAS through a "Teaching Lab", designed and implemented to facilitate graduate teaching training.

Lecture Series Ancient Worlds Lunch Talks


Spring semester 2022: every other Friday 13:00-14:00 - free pizza and everyone is welcome to bring lunch.

This will be an opportunity to exchange ideas and latest research in an informal atmosphere with a small audience of MA and PhD students, Postdocs and Faculty of the ONOS and CAC program and all interested students and colleagues of Classics and Archaeology.

List of speakers and schedule:

February 18th, 2022: Coins for a Safe passage? Coin Deposits near the River Aa (Nl) and Their Religious Meaning – Liesbeth Claes (Lecturer in Ancient History)
13:00-14:00, Matthias de Vrieshof 3, room 104 (Verbarium)

March 4th, 2022: A Cast of Falcons: Finding Figural Graffiti in Mereruka’s Complex in the Teti Pyramid Cemetery, Saqqara – Julia Hamilton (NINO postdoc)
13:00-14:00, Matthias de Vrieshof 3, room 104 (Verbarium)

March 18th, 2022: The Forgotten Brothers and Sisters of Israel: The Ancient Samaritan Cult Center on Mount Gerizim – Jürgen Zangenberg (Professor in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity)
13:00-14:00, Matthias de Vrieshof 3, room 104 (Verbarium)

April 8th, 2022: The Story of a Triumph: The Ascent of the Kaaba, ca. 600-800 CE – Mehdy Shaddel Basir (PhD candidate in Middle Eastern Studies)
13:00-14:00, Matthias de Vrieshof 3, room 104 (Verbarium)

April 22nd, 2022:  Destruction and the Fall of the Bronze Age ca. 1200 BC – Jesse Michael Millek (MA Archaeology Leiden/Guest researcher Heidelberg University)
13:00-14:00, Matthias de Vrieshof 3, room 104 (Verbarium)

May 13th, 2022: Balaam the Diviner in the Hebrew Bible and in Early Judaism – Margaretha Folmer (Lecturer in Hebrew/Aramaic)
13:00-14:00, Matthias de Vrieshof 3, room 104 (Verbarium)

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