CIF forelæsninger onsdag d. 24. marts

Forelæsningen finder sted på CIF, Snorresgade 17-19, 5. sal, lokale 582 (CIF mødelokalet).

NB: Bemærk at de to forelæsninger ligger i forlængelse af hinanden.

Julian Reade, kl. 12.15-13.15
Architecture and identity in the Assyrian state

The evidence of Assyrian architecture impinges on basic functions of government and identity without which the Assyrian empire could not have existed. This paper concentrates on some aspects of the evidence embodied in Assyrian palaces and temples, and in related texts and artefacts. It distinguishes between various categories of Assyrian palaces and temples, notes where they were located and how they evolved, and presents questions and ideas about the ways in which architecture is to be correlated with what we think we know, from other sources, about the Assyrian state. Some of the evidence reinforces conventional opinion; some needs further explanation.

Julie Anderson, kl. 13.15-14.15
Offerings and Statues: New Perceptions of Nubian Kushite Culture, History and Identity

En af statuerne fundet i Dangeil

Recent excavations at Dangeil, Sudan, located just upstream of the 5th Nile cataract, have revealed a previously unknown temple of the 1st c AD dedicated to Amun, the Nubian Kushite god of kingship. A number of surprising discoveries there call for a substantial re-evaluation of the previously accepted history of the Kushite period (8th c BC-4th c AD). Dangeil is well-preserved providing a unique opportunity to examine the characteristics of a late Kushite temple complex and to gain greater insight into the role of the temple, ritual and offerings within Kushite society. It appears that the Kushites, while adopting traditional Egyptian offering practices, modified them to suit their own needs, local rituals, traditions, and perhaps available food stuffs. Further, fragments of four royal, early Kushite statues (7th c BC) were discovered mixed together in the destruction phase of the 1st c AD Amun temple. These included a large, striding granite figure of Taharqo, who ruled Egypt as a pharaoh of the 25th Dynasty, and two of his successors Senkamanisken and possibly Aspelta. The statues had been ritually broken and may have come from a statue cache. Dangeil is the furthest south that such a statue group of early Kushite rulers has been discovered so far thus raising numerous historical questions.

De, som var med på DÆS-rejsen til London i 2008, husker måske Julie Anderson, som meget venligt tog imod os på British Museum og førte halvdelen af gruppen rundt ‘behind the scenes’.

Læs mere om British Museums udgravninger i Dangeil nær 5. katarakt i Sudan. Fundet af statuefragmenter af Taharqa og muligvis Aspelta m.fl. fra 25. dynasti, var helt uventet så langt mod syd:
British Museum
The Independent
Heritage Key med flere billeder af statuerne og interview med Julie Anderson