Center for Ancient Studies Annual Symposium: "Rebellion in the Ancient World”

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 9:00am to Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 4:30pm

Penn Museum, Rainey Auditorium

Keynote Presentation:  Matthew Liebmann (Harvard)

“A Little Rebellion Now and Then is a Good Thing”: An Archaeology of Alternative American Revolutions”

(The presentation will be followed by a reception in the Mosaic Hall.)


Saturday, January 26, 2019

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM —  Penn Museum, Rainey Auditorium


9:00–9:15              Welcome and Introduction — G. Frame, Director, Center for Ancient Studies

9:15–10:00            Joe Manning (Yale University)

                                    “Nile Flood Failure as a Trigger to Social Unrest in Egypt. The Case

                                    of the Ptolemies”

10:00–10:45          Leonora Neville (Universtiy of Wisconsin-Madison)

                                    “The Revolting Ambition of Anna Komnene: Gender Malpractice,

                                    Authorship, and Brotherly Love in 12th Century Constantinople”

10:45–11:15          Break

11:15–12:00          David Graff (Kansas State University)

                                    “Revolt of the Spear Carriers: Military Rebellion in Late Tang China”

12:00–12:45          Najam Haider (Barnard College)

                                    “Rebels and Imams: Negotiating Categories of Identity in Early Islam”

12:45–2:00            Lunch

2:00–2:45              Dennis Ogburn (University of North Carolina, Charlotte) 

                                    “The Myth of Constant Rebellion in the Inca Empire”

2:45–3:30              Andrea Berlin (Boston University)

                                    “Revolt! Why the Jews Took on Rome”

3:30–4:15              Jarrod Whitaker (Wake Forest University)

                                    “The Danger of Picking Unripe Fruit: Rebellion, Revolution, and

                        Military Dissension in Ancient India”

4:15–4:30              Conclusion — G. Frame

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