Can Popular Romances Speak to Architectural Relics? The Romance of Samak-e Ayyar and Roman Mithraic Temples


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  • Speaker: Dr. Pourshariati Assoc. Prof. of Islamic and Iranian Studies in the Dpt. of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at OSU
  • Host Department: Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS)
  • Date: 04/12/2013
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Location: Osterman Common Room (1022) Thayer Academic Building, 202 South Thayer St.

  • Description:

    Dr. Pourshariati’s research focuses on the social history of
    Iran, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the Middle East in
    the late antique and medieval periods. Her interests lie in
    cross-cultural and economic interconnections between the
    Mediterranean world, the Fertile Crescent, and the Iranian
    oikoumene, as she seeks to tease out the threads that weave
    together seemingly disparate worlds. 

    Her lecture will consider such relationships not only across cultures and time,
    but also between texts and architectural relics, as she seeks to
    elucidate alternate ways of reading interaction over time.

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