Lectures – Forthcoming

 

MONDAY 25th JUNE 2018 (AGM Lecture)
The Society’s AGM commences at 5.00pm preceding the lecture
PROFESSOR SARAH PEARCE
(University of Southampton)
FRESH LIGHT ON CLEOPATRA

6:00 PM – Institute of Archaeology, University College London,
Lecture Theatre G6 (Ground Floor), 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPY

‘Of Cleopatra the Queen’: 40 drachmae coin, Alexandrian mint. (image courtesy of Sarah Pearce)

From Josephus we have one of the most damning of all ancient portraits of Cleopatra VII, highlighting her alleged malevolence towards Jews in her kingdom and towards her neighbour, Herod the Great. In this talk, Sarah Pearce will explore the evidence for Cleopatra and contemporary Jews, drawing on a number of ancient sources including inscriptions, portraits and literary evidence.

Sarah Pearce is Ian Karten Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Southampton. She is the author of The Land of the Body: Studies in Philo’s Representation of Egypt (2007) and of other studies on the history and culture of Jews in the Graeco-Roman world. Her recent interests focus, in particular, on our understanding of Egypt’s Jews under the Ptolemaic rule and in the early Roman Empire.

refreshments will be served after the lecture

Organised jointly with The Institute of Archaeology,
University College, London