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Sepphoris: From Galilean Town to Roman Polis

Philadelphia, PA, May 24, 2013 —  

Sepphoris, The House of Dionysos, early 3rd century CE,  Triumphal Procession of Dionysos

Sepphoris, The House of Dionysos, early 3rd century CE, Triumphal Procession of Dionysos

The Judaic Studies Program and the Anthropology Program of the Department of Culture & Communication of Drexel University present “Sepphoris: From Galilean Town to Roman Polis” a lecture by Dr. Zeev Weiss, Eleazar L. Sukenik Professor of Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Visiting Associate Professor of The Council of the Humanities, Stewart Fellow in Religion, Princeton University. The lecture will be held on May 29, 2013, from 9:00 to 10:30 am at Drexel University, in 302 Hagerty Library.

Sepphoris, the historic capital of the Galilee, is located in the center of the Lower Galilee, 5 km west of Nazareth. The building of Sepphoris as a Roman polis at the end of the 1st or beginning of the 2nd c C.E. attests to the change taking place in the Galilee vis-à-vis Rome and its culture—a change that would transform the urban landscape of Sepphoris into a city no different from other cities that flourished in ancient Palestine at the time. The lecture will present the finds uncovered at the site and discuss the socio-cultural changes that transformed Sepphoris from Galilean town to Roman polis.

 

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.  Support for this event comes from the Louis and Bessie Stein Foundation, The Milton and Miriam Handler Foundation, and the Friends of Judaic Studies. For information: Kathy.carll@drexel.edu, 215-895-6388.

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