An event every week that begins at 1:30 pm on Thursday, repeating until January 27, 2022
This is an online event.
Sponsored by: Save Ancient Studies Alliance
Previous participation and previous knowledge not required.
The reading group will explore how royal women participated in politics and court intrigue, focusing particularly on the city of Mari in ancient Syria (the wives and daughters of King Zimri-Lim) and the Achaemenid Persian empire. Readings would center on personal letters written to/by royal women as well as excerpts from the works of Greek historians like Herodotus and Ctesias. Topics for discussion include the use and role of women in diplomacy, competition and struggles for power between royal women (including palace conspiracies and murder plots), and what people in foreign lands such as the Greek city-states thought of royal women in the ancient Near East.
3-Week Text-In-Translation Reading Group
Thursdays @ 1:30pm EST
Participants only need to register for each Reading Group once, you will receive links to our Live Syllabus where readings and discussions are posted in the confirmation email.
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