“The Megaliths of the Levant” – Patru Conferinţe ale Prof. Dr. Nicolae RODDY de la Universitatea Creighton, Nebraska

Centrul de Studii Ebraice Goldstein Goren al Universităţii din Bucureşti organizează la sediul său din cadrul Facultăţii de Litere (Str. Edgar Quinet 5-7, subsol) o serie de conferinţe susţinute de Prof. Dr. Nicolae Roddy de la Universitatea Creighton, Nebraska, după cum urmează:

13 octombrie 2009, ora 17 – The Megaliths of the Levant;

14 octombrie 2009, ora 17 – The Archeology of Religion in the Iron Age;

20 octombrie 2009, ora 17 – Ordinary Life in Biblical Israel;

21 octombrie 2009, ora 17 – The Legacy of Herod.
Mai multe informaţii se pot găsi pe pagina personală a prof. Nicolae Roddy şi pe Virtual World Project.

PRESENTATION 1:

THE MEGALITHS OF THE LEVANT

This presentation explores the human phenomenon of standing stones that once dotted the landscape along both sides of the Jordan Valley rift from the Golan to the Dead Sea from the Early and Middle Bronze periods (roughly 3rd millennium BCE). A broad array of high-definition digital photographs of these monuments, taken by the presenter during the 2009 Virtual World Project expedition, will accompany the discussion of their nature and function. This research is vitally important for the Humanities in that these monuments of human culture are rapidly disappearing, swallowed up daily by bulldozers due to the expansion of modern settlement.

PRESENTATION 2:

THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF RELIGION IN THE IRON AGE

This presentation examines the cultic structures of the Levant during the Iron Age period, focusing especially on the phenomenon of the masseboth. High-definition digital slides will enhance the presentation of data. One of the major issues that will be raised is over the problem of interpretation of archaeological finds, namely, “How does one know that a particular structure had a cultic function?”

PRESENTATION 3:

ORDINARY LIFE IN BIBLICAL ISRAEL

This presentation seeks to reconstruct the lives of everyday people living in the hill country bisected by the Jordan River Valley during the Iron Age, based largely on their material remains. Textual “ideals and remembrances” will be used where appropriate, but the data will be largely archaeological. Digital slides will accompany the presentation.

PRESENTATION 4:

THE LEGACY OF HEROD

Who was Herod and how is it he managed to construct such massive monuments to himself, especially to house his own madness and paranoia? This presentation seeks to understand something of the personality of this 1st C BCE Idumean King of Judea by exploring the vast and incredible material remains of his many fortified palaces, as well as his recently discovered tomb. High definition digital images taken during the 2009 Virtual World Project expedition will accompany the presentation.

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