Events Archive

Events Archive

Colloquium: Climate Change and History Research Initiative, 2024
Mon, Jun 3, 2024, 9:00 amWed, Jun 5, 2024, 5:00 pm

The past five years have seen multiple breakthroughs in establishing the past as a key dimension for global change researchers and highlighting the need to bring environmental history, archaeology, environmental humanities, environmental science disciplines together with nonacademic holders of local and traditional knowledge and practitioners…

Graduate Student Lunch: "The Study of Papyri: History, Historiography and Perspectives"
Mon, May 6, 2024, 12:00 pm2:30 pm

Bernhard Palme, Professor of Ancient history and the Director of the Papyrus collection of the Austrian National Library.

AnneMarie Luijendijk, the William H. Danforth Professor of Religion.

In the first part of this lunch, they will present their respective perspectives on present trends in…

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Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103
Lecture: Christine Roughan, "Transmissions of Curricular Manuscripts: Computational Approaches"
Thu, May 2, 2024, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

By the fourth century CE there circulated a collection of texts in Greek arranged to serve the study of astronomy. Contemporary manuscript evidence for this curriculum is not extant, but what survives after the ninth century CE are the echoes of this collection in later Greek manuscripts and a corresponding curriculum, the Middle Books, in…

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Conference: "From Solidus to Stavraton: Coinage and Money in the Byzantine World"
Fri, Apr 26, 2024, 9:00 amSun, Apr 28, 2024, 12:30 pm

The acquisition of two major coin collections (Peter Donald and Chris and Helen Theodotou), has placed Princeton in the forefront of institutions supporting research in Byzantine Numismatics. Both of these purchases were made with the help of generous support of the Friends of the Princeton University Library and the Seeger Center for Hellenic…

Lecture: Constanza Cordoni, "A Land that Flows with Milk and Honey and Devours its Inhabitants: On the Land of Israel of the Geonic Period"
Wed, Apr 17, 2024, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

During the Rabbinic period of Jewish history, the land of the Hebrew Bible was, so to speak, reconfigured in a plethora of statements transmitted in the two building blocks of the literature of the sages, in Talmud and Midrash. In this paper I will discuss the land according to a literary genre that is thought to be characteristic of the later…

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Workshop: Federica Scicolone, "Myth, Fiction and Truth: Gregory Nazianzen’s Approach to Mythological Material”
Fri, Apr 5, 2024, 2:00 pm3:30 pm

Contemporary scholars are fascinated by the interplay of Christian content and pagan literary forms in the writing of fourth-century theologian Gregory of Nazianzus. This intersection emerges from Gregory’s treatment of examples from myth, which are often qualified as πλάσμα (“fabrication”) and μῦθος (“story”), in opposition to ἀλήθεια,…

Lecture: Matthew Milliner, "The Mary Underground: Some Subterranean Global Virgins"
Thu, Apr 4, 2024, 4:30 pm6:30 pm

Please join us for a lecture by Professor Matthew Milliner, titled “The Mary Underground: Subterranean Global Virgins.” Milliner’s presentation will view Mary as a cipher for the politics and theology of global Christianity, and will examine a history of neglected “underground” Marys as a corrective to overly exalted practices of veneration and…

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Robertson Hall 002
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Lecture: Bernhard Palme, "The Roman Army in the Diaspora Revolt in Egypt: New Insights from a Latin Papyrus"
Wed, Apr 3, 2024, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

Fragmentary papyri that seem inconspicuous at first glance sometimes contain important historical information — like this hastily written list of the names of soldiers from the two legions that were stationed in Egypt in the Roman imperial period: legio III Cyrenaica and legio XXII Deiotariana. In this lecture I will try to show that the…

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Lecture: Valentina Grasso, “Trading Goods and Exchanging Faiths in the Late Antique Red Sea”
Wed, Feb 28, 2024, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

Beginning with an introduction to early global trade, my paper traces the arrival of monotheism in the Red Sea region through a comparative approach taking into account other nodal first-millennium regions (e.g., Central Asia) to reframe the complex interweaving of faith, identity, and economic activity during Late Antiquity.

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Lecture: David A. Michelson, "Was There a Syriac Lectio Divina? The Development of Contemplative Reading in the Monasteries of the Church of the East (400-700 C.E.)"
Thu, Feb 8, 2024, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

Contemplative reading is a spiritual practice developed by Christian monks in the early Middle Ages. This talk traces the history of monastic reading in sixth- and seventh-century Mesopotamia. Ascetics belonging to the Church of the East pursued a form of contemplation which moved from reading, to meditation, to prayer, to the ecstasy of divine…

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Lecture: Johan Lundberg, "'The Syriac Dots:' Oral Reading Traditions Recorded in Ink"
Wed, Nov 29, 2023, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

In the 5th century Syriac scribes began to use dots in order to document the oral reading traditions of the Bible. Some dots were used to vocalise words and differentiate between otherwise identical words. Another set of dots is the topic of this lecture. These dots, often called accents, were used to mark rising and falling tones, as…

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Welcome Party
Tue, Oct 24, 2023, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Faculty, students, fellows, and staff gathered for the Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity’s welcome party.

Lecture: Jamie Kreiner, "Good Music and Bad Music in Late Antiquity"
Tue, Oct 24, 2023, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

Christians were debating the aesthetics and morality of music more than a millennium and a half before the Satanic panic. But their debates weren't solely or even mostly about the putatively demonic properties of music. They were also anchored in the conviction that music had serious psychological and behavioral ramifications, and this talk…

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Graduate Student Exchange in Late Antique, Byzantine and Medieval History
Fri, May 19, 2023, 9:00 amSat, May 20, 2023, 5:30 pm

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

Workshop, May 19-20, 2023
Louis A. Simpson Building, Room A71

 

Friday, May 19, 2023

Session 1 (9:00 am – 11:15 am) Chair: Ida Toth, (University of Oxford)…

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Louis A. Simpson Building, Room A71
Lecture: Gregory Heyworth, "Manuscripts at the Foundations of Modern Law: Multispectral Imaging, Artificial Intelligence and the Recovery of Gaius’s Institutes and the oldest Koran"
Thu, Apr 20, 2023, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

The modern legal system rests on several pillars of legal thought. Gaius’s Institutes, the only surviving record of Roman law, is taught at universities across the world. Unfortunately, the only manuscript of it is a severely damaged palimpsest. In the Islamic tradition, the Quran serves as the legal template. The oldest Quran, however…

Lecture: Gregory Heyworth, "The Undiscovered Country: Ancient Texts and Modern Technologies"
Wed, Apr 19, 2023, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Over the last six months, scholars have recovered a host of unknown, damaged, or lost texts, that are changing the canon, among which Hipparchus’s star chart, a commentary by Apuleius on Plato’s Republic, Book 10, the lost ending to the Old Irish Bricriu’s Feast, and the provenance of the Sarajevo Haggadah. This lecture gives…

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Joseph Henry House, room 16
Lecture: Ian Wood, "The Wealth of Merovingian Bishops: the Case of the Desiderii"
Fri, Apr 14, 2023, 2:30 pm4:00 pm

This seminar will expand on ideas presented in Ian Wood’s lecture “The Rise of the Christian Economy in the post-Christian West

” held on Tuesday, April 11 at 4:30 pm in 010 East Pyne.

Scholars…

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Scheide Cladwell House, room 103
Lecture: Meron Piotrkowski, “Who Reads Greek in 3rd Century CE Oxyrhynchus?: The Jewish Community of Oxyrhynchus Before and After 117 CE”
Thu, Apr 13, 2023, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

Within the framework of his research project at Princeton University, Piotrkowski examines Jewish papyri discovered at Oxyrhynchus and seeks to test, inter alia, the generally accepted hypothesis that Egyptian Jews and Judaism were completely annihilated as an immediate outcome of the Jewish Diaspora Revolt (115-117 CE). In this lecture, which…

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Scheide Caldwell House 103
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Lecture: Ian Wood, "The Rise of the Christian Economy in the post-Christian West"
Tue, Apr 11, 2023, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

Join us on April 11 for a lecture with Ian Wood, scholar of early medieval history and Professor emeritus at the University of Leeds, on the Christian economy of the early medieval west.

In recent years a number of historians, most notably Peter Brown, have drawn attention to ‘the spiritual economy’.  They have pointed to…

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East Pyne 010
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Lecture: Mirela Ivanova and Ben Anderson, "Is Byzantine Studies a Colonialist Discipline? Towards a Critical Historiography"
Fri, Mar 3, 2023, 2:30 pm4:00 pm

Rather than provide a definitive answer to this question, this talk defines the parameters of the debate and proposes ways of thinking about what it would mean to engage seriously with the Byzantine Studies's political and intellectual genealogies, hierarchies, and forms of exclusion. In doing so, we will both propose a way of understanding…

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Scheide Caldwell House, room 103
Synaxis and Workshops: A Hidden World Revealed: The Palimpsests of Saint Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai
Mon, Dec 12, 2022, 9:00 amFri, Dec 16, 2022, 5:00 pm

Founded by the Roman emperor Justinian in the sixth century, the Monastery of Saint Catherine in the Sinai is one of the most famous monasteries in the world and a place whose celebrated manuscript collection is of profound importance for a number of academic fields.  A series of workshops at Princeton will highlight the recent,…

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219 Aaron Burr Hall
Lecture: Brad Boswell, "Emperor Julian, Cyril of Alexandria, and the Narrative Conflict of Traditions"
Fri, Nov 4, 2022, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

When the Roman Emperor Flavius Claudius Julianus—better known to many as Julian the Apostate—perished on a Persian battlefield in 363 CE, his efforts to turn back the tide of Christianizing efforts within the Roman Empire died with him. In the final decades of the fourth century, subsequent Christian emperors only further solidified the…

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Scheide Caldwell House, room 103
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CSLA Lecture: Christina Maranci, "Taxes and Death: Royal Armenian Bagratid (10th-11thc.) Interventions on the Late Antique Landscape of Shirak"
Thu, Nov 3, 2022, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

Scholars have long shown how the churches of the Armenian Bagratid kingdom (10th-11thc) find their sources in local buildings of earlier centuries.  Yet few have explored the evidence which connects Bagratid-era elites most directly to their earlier built landscape: the royal inscriptions recording donations, tax exemptions, and…

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A&A Howard Crosby Butler Memorial Lecture: Fikret K. Yegül, "The Man Who Went to Wake The Dead, 1872-1922"
Mon, Oct 3, 2022, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

Howard Crosby Butler Memorial Lecture

We remember Howard Crosby Butler on the one-hundredth anniversary of his death in 1922 and celebrate his life. Born in 1872, Butler received his MA at Princeton in 1893 and after completing a professional course in architecture, joined Princeton faculty in 1895. He became the first Master in…

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Burr Hall 219
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Welcome Party
Tue, Sep 27, 2022, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Faculty, students, fellows, and staff gathered for the Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity’s welcome party.

Pre-registration is required and will be confirmed by email.
Register to [email protected]

Graduate Student Lunch with Yedidah Koren
Tue, May 3, 2022, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Yedidah Koren is a Rothschild postdoctoral fellow and a visiting scholar at the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. Yedidah received her PhD in Talmud and Ancient Jewish Culture from Tel-Aviv University on the topic of lineage and blemished pedigree. Her current research project focuses on…

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Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103
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Medieval Conference: “On the Borders of the Realm: Aristocratic Culture and the Making of France, 1100-1300”
Sat, Apr 30, 2022, 9:00 am6:00 pm
Between 1100 and 1300 medieval France underwent profound transformations.
On the Borders of the Realm” eschews the customary focus on Paris and the triumphalist narrative of the rise of the Capetian monarchy, to take up the history of medieval France from the perspective(s) of the principalities and regions which formed it…
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211 Dickinson Hall
Medieval Conference: “On the Borders of the Realm: Aristocratic Culture and the Making of France, 1100-1300”
Fri, Apr 29, 2022, 1:00 pm6:00 pm
Between 1100 and 1300 medieval France underwent profound transformations.
On the Borders of the Realm” eschews the customary focus on Paris and the triumphalist narrative of the rise of the Capetian monarchy, to take up the history of medieval France from the perspective(s) of the principalities and regions which formed it…
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211 Dickinson Hall
Lecture: Rivka Elitzur-Leiman, "Magic and the Ordinary People: Amulets as a Source for Social History of Jews in Late Antiquity"
Thu, Apr 28, 2022, 12:00 pm12:00 pm

The metal Aramaic amulets from Late Antique Palestine, a trove of Jewish texts, have to date only been partially published. As such, they potentially hold many new discoveries for a number of fields, including ancient Jewish magic, Palestinian Aramaic language, ancient medicine, and more. In this presentation, I will demonstrate how amulets can…

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Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103
Lecture: Grigory Kessel, "Between an Auction and a Theme Park: Tracing Syriac Manuscripts in the United States"
Mon, Apr 18, 2022, 4:30 pm4:30 pm

Our knowledge about Syriac manuscripts in the United States is unacceptably poor. This has to do with two main reasons. First, many collections kept at the university libraries have been badly cataloged and some have not been cataloged at all. Second, in the course of the 20th century multiple transfers took place: some small institutes were…

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Special Collections - Level C - Firestone Library
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Graduate Student Lunch with Christian Sahner
Tue, Apr 12, 2022, 12:00 pm12:00 pm

Christian Sahner is an associate professor of Islamic History at Oxford University.  Christian did his PhD here at Princeton and was part of both CSLA when he was a graduate student and CSLA’s predecessor, GSLA (the Group for the Study of Late Antiquity).

Pre-registration for in-person is required. Registrations…

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Workshop: Re-Imagining Byzantium Series
Sun, Apr 3, 2022, 12:00 pm2:00 pm

Our discussion will revolve around a set of readings from the recently published The Invention of Byzantium in Early Modern Europe, edited by Nathanael Aschenbrenner, an Seeger fellow with us this year, and Jake Ransohoff, who will be joining us for the occasion. Included in the readings is a chapter by our very own Anthony Grafton…

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Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103
Stewart Lecture: Jaclyn Maxwell, “The Humility of Elite Christians in Late Antiquity”
Thu, Mar 31, 2022, 4:30 pm4:30 pm

How did upper-class Christians understand the virtue of humility in Late Antiquity? How did their practice of humility affect their attitudes towards their social and economic inferiors? Was it more difficult for them to renounce prestige than to give up their wealth? This paper will address these questions by examining several case studies of…

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Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103
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Conference: "Networks in Transition: Monetary Exchange from Antiquity to the Middle Ages"
Fri, Mar 18, 2022, 12:30 pm12:30 pm

This conference will bring together an international group of scholars who have worked on Princeton’s FLAME project, as well as leading scholars on the late antique and early medieval economy worldwide (4th-8th centuries CE). Over three days, speakers will present new findings centered on the research priorities of the FLAME project…

Talk and Discussion: Judith Herrin, “‘The Formation of Christendom’ – 35 years after”
Mon, Mar 14, 2022, 4:30 pm4:30 pm

Professor Herrin will reflect on 35 years since the publication of her book “The Formation of Christendom” (Princeton University Press, 1987, republished as a Princeton Classic, 2021).  Discussion will follow.

Judith Herrin was educated at the universities of Cambridge and Birmingham, and received additional training…

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Lecture: Gabriel Radle, Studying Late Antique Liturgy: Trends, Methods and Pitfalls
Fri, Feb 18, 2022, 12:00 pm12:00 pm

Image: Paten with the Communion of the Apostles, Dumbarton Oaks

Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of publications directly or indirectly dealing with liturgy in the late antique world. While most of the twentieth-century scholarly editions, manuals and monographs on early Christian and medieval liturgy were…

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Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103
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Lecture: Nikolas Hächler, “Resilience and Vulnerability of Byzantium under Heraclius (610-641)”
Wed, Dec 8, 2021, 4:30 pm4:30 pm

During the first half of the seventh century, the Byzantine state was affected by various disasters which were the result of political missteps, natural catastrophes, famines and plagues as well as military defeats. Lost battles against the Persians in particular were perceived as devastating events for…

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Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103
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Workshop: Re-Imagining Byzantium Series
Sun, Dec 5, 2021, 12:30 pm2:00 pm

Robert S. Nelson, one of the foremost art historians and Byzantinists, who is currently resident at the Institute for Advanced Studies, will lead the discussion. This will circle around the numerous art historical, historical, and philological issues that pertain to a mosaic icon of St. Demetrios that traveled from Byzantium to Renaissance…

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Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103
Lecture: Judith Herrin, “Rethinking Early Christendom: Ravenna, The Anonymous Cosmographer and the Goths”
Tue, Nov 16, 2021, 12:00 pm12:00 pm

In the course of writing Ravenna. Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe, I realised that the concept of Late Antiquity was inadequate. It looked backwards to the past, rather than forward to a newly Christianized universe, manifested by the inhabitants of fifth-seventh century Ravenna. Investigating the…

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Zoom
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Workshop: Re-Imagining Byzantium Series
Sun, Oct 10, 2021, 12:00 pm2:00 pm

Our first, fully vaccinated, workshop will take place on Sunday, Oct. 10, 12-2pm, in Scheide Caldwell 103 (or under the tent in front of the building, weather permitting). To kick things off, we have decided to discuss parts of the recently published “Byzantium Unbound,” by Anthony Kaldellis, PDFs of which you will find below…

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Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103
Conference: "Amassing Perspectives: Recent Trends in Syriac Iconography"
Fri, Sep 17, 2021, 12:00 pmSat, Sep 18, 2021, 3:30 pm
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Online
Welcome Party
Thu, Sep 9, 2021, 5:00 pm6:30 pm
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Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103
Conference: "The Translation of Arabic Scientific Texts into Greek Between the 9th and 15th Centuries"
Fri, Feb 26, 2021Sat, Feb 27, 2021

In this online workshop, we aim to situate the transmission of Arabic science into Greek in a broader context. Toward this goal, the papers will investigate a number of related questions, including how Arabo-Greek scientific translation related to Graeco-Arabic scientific translation in Baghdad, what were the connections between these Arabo…

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Online
Workshop: "Rome Global Gateway: Digital Palaeography"
Mon, Jan 18, 2021, 10:00 amFri, Jan 22, 2021, 12:00 pm

The workshop will pivot mainly from the Vatican Library's Greek manuscript collection and cover the gamut of palaeographical skills and analyses required to conduct research on various aspects of mediaeval books and literature. We will survey the main mediaeval Greek scripts and the characteristics which enable us to date codices; we will…

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Online
Graduate Student Talk with Kate Cooper, Royal Holloway, University of London
Wed, Dec 2, 2020, 3:00 pm3:00 pm

Kate Cooper, Historian, will meet with students and speak to them about her work and their graduate work.

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Via Zoom
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CCHRI Annual Colloquium: “Past Answers to Current Concerns: Collaborative Conceptual Modeling and Related Approaches to Understanding Historical Societal Resilience”
Wed, May 6, 2020, 9:15 pm9:15 pm

How did environmental and climatic changes, whether sudden high impact events or more subtle gradual changes, impact human responses in the past? How did societal perceptions of such changes affect behavioral patterns and explanatory rationalities in premodernity? And can a better historical understanding of these relationships inform our…

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211 Dickinson Hall
Cancelled / Lecture: George A. Kiraz, "Creating a Syriac Digital Thesaurus: THE SIMTHO PORTAL"
Thu, Mar 26, 2020, 4:30 pm4:30 pm

George A. Kiraz is the founder and director of Beth Mardutho. He founded Beth Mardutho in 1992 as an institution dedicated to furthering the study of Syriac and the Syriac tradition throughout the world. He has personally directed many projects through Beth Mardutho, and his own personal library forms a significant portion of the Beth Mardutho…

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211 Dickinson Hall