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Ancient History Seminar Series

18 August @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


The Macquarie University Department of Ancient History in conjunction with the Macquarie Ancient History Association is proud to present the seminar program for S.2, 2017. Seminars will be held in the Seminar Room, Museum of Ancient Cultures, Building X5B, level 3, on Fridays commencing at 4.00pm sharp (unless otherwise stated).  The convenors appreciate the support given by the ACRC to this program, and the contribution of MAHA to ancient history at Macquarie.

Professor Alan Walmsley (Hon. Prof. MQ): Syria-Palestine in the Seventh Century CE: aspects of Byzantine continuity

New archaeological and numismatic discoveries on society and the economy in seventh-century Syria-Palestine are transforming our understanding of an obscure period. Previous misconceptions about the origins and advent of Islam served to create a ‘hard barrier’ to understanding the period, but recent research has made available a large body of historical and archaeological material with which to reassess the seventh century CE – until now a ‘lost’ century to history. This presentation will briefly review the growing body of evidence on the crucial seventh century and offer a summary of progress to date, with further work planned for the 2017-2018 academic year on a fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks. Work on the seventh-century is a pivotal part of a five-year project, commencing this year and with the backing of Macquarie University, to write a new account of social and economic conditions as they evolved over five centuries (400-900 CE) in Syro-Palestinian history. By adopting a transdisciplinary approach, the data derived from disparate sources such as texts, epigraphy, numismatics, architecture, material culture, and archaeoecology can be successfully integrated into a holistic account that also references contemporary issues.


Brenan Dew (MQ PhD candidate): The Cosmography of Ancient Egypt


18 August
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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