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Persian Records in Crisis: Rescuing the Persepolis Fortification Archive

Persian Records in Crisis: Rescuing the Persepolis Fortification Archive
5 Bancroft Avenue, Earth Sciences Auditorium B142
Time: Feb 19th, 8:00 pm End: Feb 19th, 10:00 pm
Interest Categories: Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Information, Faculty of, Digital Art/Humanities, Classics (FAS), before 400 BCE, Archaeology, 400-1200, 400-1 BCE, 1-400 CE
Talk by Matthew W. Stolper, University of Chicago

The Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies (CSMS) is pleased to present:

Matthew W. Stolper, John A. Wilson Professor of Oriental Studies, University of Chicago

Persian Records in Crisis: Rescuing the Persepolis Fortification Archive

The Persepolis Fortification Archive (PFA) is the richest, densest, most complex and most consequential source of information about languages, art, institutions, religion, and society in the heart of the Achamenid Persian Empire at its zenith, about 500 BC. Since 2006, in the face of a legal threat to the future of the Archive, the PFA Project at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago has been working to open this source by recording and analysing the tens of thousands of clay tablets and fragments, their texts, and seals, that make up the Archive, and by reconnecting them in meaningful systems of information. This presentation will discuss what the PFA Project is, why it matters, what the PFA Project does and what it seeks.

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This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.  For further information, please contact the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies at (416) 978-4531.


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