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Ten days in the life of Dura-Europos: gods, cults and temples on the Seleucid, Parthian and Roman Euphrates (lecture rescheduled from 2013)

Ted Kaizer, University of Durham

Lecture Poster October 23rd 2014.pdf


4pm, 23rd October 2014, BP Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, British Museum. To book, contact the British Museum Box Office:  020 7323 8181 or www.britishmuseum.org

 

(Photo of Dura Europos on the banks of the Euphrates courtesy of Ted Kaizer)

Dura-Europos, a small fortress town situated on a plateau looking out over the Middle Euphrates river, was under first Seleucid, then Parthian, and finally Roman control. The rather clear-cut periodization of Dura’s history has of course strong implications for the study of the town’s religious life. Excavations have revealed an astonishing variety of gods and goddesses, and amongst those who received a cult were traditionally Greek deities, indigenous and Roman ones, and gods from the nearby caravan city of Palmyra. Ten snapshots selected from the rich material evidence will be used to showcase not only the variety but also the development of Dura’s religious life. To what degree can a reconstruction of the town’s ritual calendar be attempted?

 


 

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