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Middle East Studies Center Lecture Series: Joel Walker on Jewel of the Palace: Pearls as Markers of Elite Status in the Late Antique World
Friday, April 27, 2012 - 10:00am
Middle East Studies Center Lecture Series: Joel Walker on Jewel of the Palace: Pearls as Markers of Elite Status in the Late Antique World

Art Building, room 200, 2000 SW Fifth Avenue

Joel Walker (Ph.D., Princeton University) is Associate Professor of History and Director of Persian and Iranian Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Washington. Dr Walker is the author of The Legend of Mar Qardagh: Narrative and Christian Heroism in Late Antique Iraq (Transformation of the Classical Heritage) (University of California Press, 2006); his research and teaching focus on Late Antiquity, Byzantium, and the Early Middle Ages.

This talk will examine the role of pearls as objects of adornment and spirituality in the Roman Empire, early Christianity, Byzantium, the Sasanian Empire, and early Islam.

Free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the Portland State University Hellenic Studies Program

The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University promotes understanding of the people, cultures, languages and religions of the Middle East. As a National Resource Center for Middle East Studies under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, the Center serves as a resource on issues pertaining to the Middle East through activities that reach students and scholars, as well as businesses, educators, and the media. The Middle East Studies Center supports academic conferences, workshops, cultural events, lectures, and a resource library.

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