When: Saturday, October 15, 2011 1:30 pm Where: Oriental Institute
1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL
Description: This course is part of the Ground to Gallery series, but may be taken individually.
In 1933, Oriental Institute archaeologists working in Iran at the site of the ancient capital of Persepolis discovered tens of thousands of clay tablet documents within a bastion of the city’s fortification wall. Most of the tablets, which date to around 500 BC, were loaned to the Oriental Institute for analysis in 1936. Join Professor Matthew Stolper to learn how the Institute’s long and painstaking study of the Persepolis Fortification Archive has provided a wealth of information about the languages, society, institutions, religion, and art of the ancient Persian Empire at its zenith. Then go behind the scenes to see how the Archive is now the subject of a multi-institutional research project that uses the most advanced imaging equipment to record and study the tablets.
Matthew Stolper, John A. Wilson Professor of Oriental Studies, Oriental Institute
Pre-registration is required
Cost: $39 members, $44 non-members Website Contact: Oriental Institute - Museum Education Office
Calendars: OI, Arts, Short Courses
Persepolis in Pleiades http://pleiades.stoa.org/places/922695