Monday, September 17
Lincoln Room, Seymour Union
In the first millennium BCE the ancient Assyrians built great palaces in what is now Iraq to serve not just as homes for their kings, but gathering places for their armies and store houses for their tribute. They also used the art in their palaces to send messages of power and prestige to the peoples of their empire and beyond. The images were carved onto large scale wall reliefs which were beautiful, yet also intended to educate the viewer on the dangers of failing to obey the kingâ€™s authority. The earliest palaces bore images of the king as warrior, religious leader and mighty hunter, while later palaces were adorned with scenes of loyal subjects paying tribute, and disloyal ones paying the consequences. Friend and foe would have been paraded past these illustrations on their way to see the king. This illustrated lecture presents the wonders of these ancient monuments, the great variety and detail of their decoration, and their use as political propaganda by the Assyrians.
Dr. Barron, a member of the Near Eastern Studies Department of the University of Toronto, is an authority on the ancient Near East and its empires, with a special focus on the art and architecture of the Neo-Assyrians. Join us for two lectures by Dr. Barron — Monday night at Knox College and Tuesday night at Monmouth College, where she’ll lecture about Agatha Christie and her archaeologist husband.