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Reflections in Ancient Coins of the Maccabean Struggle against Seleucid Rule (Jointly with AIAS)

David M. Jacobson, UCL

PEF FREE LECTURE SERIES 2016

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE BRITISH MUSEUM DEPARTMENT OF MIDDLE EAST

4pm, 3rd March 2016, BP Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, British Museum. To book, contact the British Museum Box Office:  020 7323 8181 or www.britishmuseum.org     and go to the 'What's On' option at the top of the BM homepage. Then choose the 'Events Calendar'  and scroll down the page to see events listed by date and time.

 

 Image for March 2016

Image courtesy of David M. Jacobson

 Poster March 3rd 2016.pdf


Summary
The Wars of the Maccabees is often cast as an archetypal struggle of an oppressed people to regain its national and religious independence.  But the reality was by no means that simple, because this long-running conflict was closely bound up with the internal vicissitudes of the Seleucid monarchy and the fate of the Maccabean leaders and their Hasmonean successors became intertwined with the erstwhile holders of power in the Seleucid realm. It was the internecine  warfare between rival claimants for the Seleucid throne and progressive disintegration of central authority that enabled Judea to wrest complete independence during the able rule of John Hyrcanus (135-104 BCE).  In this lecture, important episodes in this unfolding drama are illustrated by ancient coins and supplemented by lapidary inscriptions and other archaeological evidence.

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