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