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Public Lecture: Mesopotamia

by klarich — last modified September 16, 2009 01:03 PM

Gregory Areshian, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor and Research Associate, Cotsen Institute

What Public Lecture
When May 26, 2009
from 07:30 pm to 09:30 pm
Where Lenart Auditorium, Fowler Building
Contact Name Laura Lliguin
Contact Email
Contact Phone (310) 794-4837
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Manipulating the Supernatural:

Miniature Sculpture from Ancient Mesopotamia


In the last forty years, major improvements in archaeological field techniques and recording systems have created new opportunities for analysis. Now, Mesopotamian religious systems can be reconstructed, including popular beliefs, the cults of city-states, myths, and rituals.Dr. Areshian will discuss a collection of figurines excavated at Terqa on Euphrates, and cultic artifacts found in the Temple of Ninkarrak (c. 1750-1500 BCE). He will explore how human actors at the Temple used figurines as partners in ritual performance, so that figurines representing deities were manipulated to achieve results desired by the human actors.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Lot 4. Enter UCLA from Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Drive and continue to the Parking Information Booth in Lot 4. Convenient Fowler parking is at the northeast or southeast ends of Lot 4, where automated pay stations accept $1 and $5 bills and credit cards. The parking fee is a maximum of $9. The Fowler Museum is visible to your left when you ascend from the elevator or stairs (follow pedestrian walkways, indicated by arrows).




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