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Women in Ancient Syria

Monday Mar 18th, 2013 - Monday Mar 18th, 2013
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Whitsett Room, Sierra Hall 451

The Department of History is hosting a lecture by Dr. Mark Chavalas of the University of Wisconsin-LA Crosse.  Dr. Chavalas is a distinguished alumnus of the History Department, and taught here as a part-time faculty between 1985 and 1989.

In the past forty years, Syria has become a major center of archaeological investigation.  Among the thousands of cuneiform tablets excavated at the cities of Mari, Emar, Ebla, Terqa, and Shubat-Enlil, are a large number of letters concerning women during the first half of the 2nd millennium B.C., contemporary with Hammurabi's Babylon.  This talk will provide a glance at the life of women from these letters, some of which were written by women themselves.

Mark W. Chavalas is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he has taught since 1989.  His Ph.D. is from UCLA, where he studied ancient Near Eastern history, archaeology, and languages, specializing in Mesopotamia.  He has had fellowships from various universities, including Harvard, Yale, Cal Berkeley, Brown, Cornell, the Univ. of Arizona, and Wisconsin-Madison.  He also has had nine seasons of archaeological field experience in Syria.  His previous books include the co-edited New Horizons in the Study of  Ancient Syria (1992), Mesopotamia and the Bible (2002), Life and Culture in the Ancient Near East (CDL Press 2003), Emar:  The History, Religion, and Culture of a Syrian Town in the Late Bronze Age (1996), and Women in the Ancient Near East (in press).


Contact:

Name: Dr. Richard Horowitz
Phone: 818-677-3566
Email: richard.horowitz@csun.edu

Sponsor:

Department of History

Cost:

Free


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