Yale Workshop in Ancient Societies

This interdisciplinary workshop serves as a meeting ground for those who work on the ancient world at Yale, and is an important forum that allows sustained conversation about a common theme.

The workshop meets once a month during the academic year, and is supplemented by the core graduate seminar in the Archaia: Yale Program for the Study of Ancient and Premodern Cultures and Societies. Presenters include Yale faculty and graduate students, as well as occasional visiting professors. The chronological scope of the seminar extends over the first millennium BCE and up through the premodern period; issues of reception are also considered. The theme for 2016-17 is “Fakes, Forgeries and the Making of Antiquity”.

A comparative exploration of notions of forgery and authenticity in the ancient and premodern world, in a variety of civilizations (ancient Greece, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, China, India, etc.), and different political, religious, literary, and artistic contexts. Emphasis will also be placed on the pivotal role played by the “authentic” in the modern era in disciplines such as philology and aesthetics, the manipulative uses of ancient history for purposes of modern nation building and identity formation, copies and reconstructions of ancient artifacts, and the role of forgeries in today’s antiquities trade.

Schedule 2016–17. All meetings start at noon; locations will be announced. A light lunch is served.

  • September 16, Mary Miller (Yale)
  • October 14, Kristine Haugen (Cal Tech)
  • October 28, Anders Winroth (Yale)
  • December 9, Karen King (Harvard)
  • January 27, Marc Van de Mieroop (Columbia)
  • February 17, Irene Peirano Garrison (Yale) and Mick Hunter (Yale)
  • April 14, Jas Elsner (Oxford)

For supplementary materials for the seminars: check the Archaia website.

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Classics, NELC, and History; by the Judaic Studies Program; by the Yale Divinity School; by the Whitney Humanities Center; and by the Yale FAS Dean’s office. For further information or to make suggestions, please contact: eckart.frahm@yale.edu or irene.peirano@yale.edu