Thoughts on Horses in History, Politics, and Art from 1600 to 600 B.C.
Sponsored by AIA: The Chicago Society
Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 4:00pm to 6:30pm

Oriental Institute, LaSalle Room
1155 E. 58th St.
Chicago, IL
United States

In recognition of National Archaeology Day, Oct. 22 2011, the Archaeological Institute of America, Chicago Society, will present a seminar in the LaSalle Room of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.

Thoughts on Horses in History, Politics, and Art from 1600 to 600 B.C.

In much of the world, the horse is a symbol of grace, strength, and speed. The possessors of horses have had power and wealth. It was a surprise to find that in the Assyrian Empire at its height, trainers of horses came from the far-off land of Kush in Africa. In fact Kush in Nubia had actually been a center of horse breeding for centuries before. It now appears that horses and chariots appeared in Kush almost simultaneously with their arrival in Egypt and they soon spread across the vast Sahara. Nubia became home to a famous breed, the Dongolawi that was used in military organizations across Africa and even in the famous horse dancing of modern Egyptian celebrations and its specialized dressage or running gait may explain representations from Egypt, the Sahara, and Assyria.


Lisa Heidorn, Research Associate, the Oriental Institute
Steven Cole, Assistant Dean for Faculty Evaluation, Northwestern University
Sarah Schrader, Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology Department, Purdue University
Bruce Williams, Research Associate, the Oriental Institute and President of AIA, The Chicago Society


Part I: The problem of Kushites from Africa in Assyria as horse trainers.
Kushites in Assyrian records              Steven Cole

The horse trainers of Kush                  Lisa Heidorn

Part II: The arrival of horses and chariots in Egypt, Nubia, and Saharan Africa.

Part III: Aspects of horse training, a great African breed and Art from Tassili-n-Ajjerin Africa to Assyria.

The Horse Discovered at Tumbos Sudan in 2011       Sarah Schrader

The Dongolowi Dressage and the Horse in Art            Bruce Williams

Reception        5:35-6:30

Contact Information
Mary Jane Crotty (AIA Chicago Society Contact)


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