Abstract: Rethinking "Minority" in the Ancient Mediterranean: The Case Study of Jewish Populations


Conversations about the archaeology of dominant classical cultures, such as those of fifth-century Athens or imperial Rome, often obscure attention to that of so-called ‘minority’ populations throughout the ancient Mediterranean. This talk will suggest that discussions of ancient archaeology, history, and culture remain incomplete without improved attention to the archaeology of Mediterranean ‘minority’ cultures, such as that associated with Jewish populations. This lecture will consider the methods and challenges of identifying and evaluating art, inscriptions, and architecture of Jewish populations and the advantages of their review for the discussion of cultural diversity and identity in the ancient world.

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