Lectures and Special Events Related to the Ancient Near East and Egypt in New York City

Two groups, the Egyptological Seminar of New York ( and the New York Chapter ( of the national organization for Egyptological research, the American Research Center in Egypt, hold monthly lectures on Egyptological topics during the academic year. Other lectures and special events of interest to ANEES students are scheduled by local chapters of the Archaeological Institute of America (, by local universities (including NYU) and museums. (Notable among these are the annual Charles Wilkinson Lectures at the Metropolitan Museum, usually scheduled in January or February, in which scholars of ancient Egypt, the ancient Near East, and the Islamic world present talks on a single theme.) Lectures on the ancient Near East (and occasionally Egypt as well) are also presented monthly during the academic year at the Columbia University Seminar on the Ancient Near East.  Some upcoming lectures and symposia in the New York area are listed below.

Exhibition:  When the Greeks Ruled Egypt: From Alexander the Great to Cleopatra
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
October 8, 2014 - January 4, 2015
The exhibition examines the interactions between Greek and Egyptian cultures during the nearly 300-year period when Egypt was under Greek rule. With some 150 objects, the exhibition reveals the many and diverse ways in which cultural tropes were strategically used by Egypt’s Ptolemaic rulers as a means of asserting power and provoking loyalty among the conquered population. In the process, it also reveals the intense familial intrigue and jockeying for position that characterized the Ptolemies as they sought to maintain their position.  See here for further information.

Crossing Continents: Image and Exchange
Wednesday, November 5, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Charles K. Wilkinson Lecture Series—three lectures hosted by the Departments of Egyptian, Ancient Near Eastern, and Islamic Art.

2:00 p.m.
Child Gods and Tribal Dynamics: Assessing Third Intermediate Period Egypt's Interactions with Its Contemporaries
Marsha Hill, Curator, Department of Egyptian Art, MMA

3:00 p.m.
Crossing Continents: Phoenician Art and How to Read It
Eric Gubel, Acting Director, Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels

4:00 p.m.
From Mali to Alchi: Art on the Margins of the Caliphate
Finbarr Barry Flood, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities, Institute of Fine Arts and Department of Art History, New York University

Assyria to Iberia Symposium
Thursday, November 6-7, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, Metropolitan Museum of Art
International scholars explore themes relating to the Assyria to Iberia exhibition in this two-day public symposium.  Free with Museum admission.  See Metropolitan Museum of Art (here) for a PDF of the complete schedule

From ‘Surface’ to ‘Substrate’: The Archaeology, Art History, and Science of Material Transfers
Mellon Research Initiative Symposium
Friday, November 7th, 4:00-7:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 8th, 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Institute of Fine Arts, 1 East 78th Street; Registration required
For complete schedule and registration information, see here.

Weights and Trade Relations between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley
Lorenz Rahmstorf (University of Copenhagen)
November 17, 2014 — 6:00 PM
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
While it is seems "evident that the “step” in the pace of culture change in the Greater Indus Valley is coincident with the beginnings of Mesopotamian trade with Meluhha, and the general growth of maritime trade in the Gulf” (Possehl 1996: 187), the role of weights in this process has so far not been studied in great detail. Where – in Mesopotamia, in the Indus and in between – did weights materialize for the first time? At what sites and in which contexts were they used? Was the dissemination related to other innovations? What kinds of weights were used? What does the appearance of apparent foreign-type weights in the Indus Valley or Mesopotamia mean? What implications have the mass-units? Such and similar research questions will be addressed during the presentation. The discussion shall contribute to a better understanding of the intensity of the inter-regional integration emerging both east and west of Mesopotamia during the third millennium BC.

Archaeological Research at Aphrodisias in 2014
Roland R.R. SmithDirector of Excavations at AphrodisiasLincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art, University of Oxford; Research Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
Alexander SokolicekField Director of Excavations at Aphrodisias, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
Monday, December 8, 2014, 6:00 PM -- Institute of Fine Arts