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Ashkelon, Seaport of the Philistines

Mon, March 4, 2013 • 5:00 PM • AVAYA Auditoritum (ACES 2.402)


Ancient Near East Lecture Series
Ashkelon, Seaport of the Philistines
A lecture by Lawrence Stager, Harvard University
Monday, March 4, 2013
5:00 PM
AVAYA Auditorium (ACES 2.402)
24th and Speedway, UT Campus

Explore the origins, daily life, religion, and language of the Philistines, a cosmopolitan people who occupied the great Mediterranean seaport of Ashkelon for nearly six hundred years, until its destruction and their exile by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar in 604 B.C. In twenty-five seasons of excavations, the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon has uncovered much new evidence about the mysterious Philistines, including a rare example of one of the ancient marketplaces that linked land routes from the southeast to a web of international Mediterranean merchants. (1175-604 BC)

Lawrence Stager is is Dorot Professor of the Archaeology of Israel in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University and is Director of the Harvard Semitic Museum. Since 1985 he has overseen the excavations of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon.

Sponsored by: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Religious Studies, and the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies.

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