THURSDAY 23rd April
17.00 From Panopolis to Baghdad and back: Centres and Networks in the Classical, Late Antique and Medieval Near East
Swire Seminar Room, University College
Stephen Humphreys (University of California (Santa Barbara))
A Tale of Three Centres: Cairo, Damascus and Aleppo in the Age of the Ayyubids (1169-1260)
In this lecture Professor Humphreys will consider the multi-polar nature of the Ayyubid political world in which these three principal cities had both complementary and competing roles. The centrality of these cities to political life in the Near and Middle East is as much a feature of contemporary events as of medieval history. This lecture should appeal to anyone with interests in connections between political and cultural centres across the Middle East and eastern Mediterranean worlds in any period.
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Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Theory Reading Group
Tuesdays at 7pm-8:30pm in weeks 2, 4 and 6.
Convenors: Andrew Small and Matthew Kinloch
This reading group aims to offer an opportunity for those who wish to deepen their familiarity on theoretical topics with a view to their application in the field of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies in a friendly, relaxed and informal atmosphere. All are welcome.
Anybody who wishes to attend should contact either: Andrew Small (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Matthew Kinloch (email@example.com) for more details and to ensure the circulation of reading lists.