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Making an Empire: Neo-Assyrian Craftsmen and Other Workers

Making an Empire: Neo-Assyrian Craftsmen and Other Workers
5 Bancroft Avenue, Earth Sciences Auditorium B142
Time: Jan 14th, 8:00 pm End: Jan 14th, 9:30 pm
Interest Categories: Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), History (FAS), History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), Classics (FAS), before 400 BCE, Archaeology
Lecture by Heather Baker, University of Toronto

The Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies is pleased to present the A.K. Grayson Lecture on Assyrian History and Culture:

Heather D. Baker, Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto

Making an Empire: Neo-Assyrian Craftsmen and Other Workers

The Neo-Assyrian kings are renowned for the great monumental constructions and major infrastructure projects that symbolised their power and prestige. In studying these operations scholars have traditionally focused on the role of the king and his high officials, while the labour force that carried out such works has been somewhat neglected. This lecture then explores the contribution of craftsmen and other workers to building and maintaining the empire. It draws on written sources of various genres (including lexical texts, royal inscriptions, letters, legal and administrative documents) to reconstruct their social background, organization, and working conditions.

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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