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Parthenon Symposium: Power and the Ideal in the Ancient Persian Empire

at The Parthenon, Nashville TN

Mar 01
Parthenon Symposium: Power and the Ideal in the Ancient Persian Empire

Free illustrated lecture on the ancient Persian Empire (ca. 550 – 330 BCE) by Dr. Elspeth Dusinberre (University of Colorado-Boulder) March 1 at 6:00pm at the Parthenon. Reservations requested (615-862-8431). Reception follows.

When Alexander the Great conquered the Persian Empire in 330 BCE, he encountered a huge and varied administrative system that was focused on the figure of the King. The power and wealth of Persia were legendary, and with good reason: the Persian Empire, which lasted for more than two centuries (ca. 550-330 BCE), was the largest and most powerful sociopolitical entity the world had ever seen. It affected the ways people ate and drank, the way they treated their dead, their own self-expression, and much more.

The people who built the Parthenon in Athens were well aware of the power of this Empire, since they and their allies among the other Greek city-states had fought conquest by Persia for almost 50 years, from 492 – 449 BCE, and the Parthenon was in large measure a monument to their ultimate defeat of the Persians against great odds.

On Tuesday, March 1, Dr. Elspeth Dusinberre (pronounced Doos-in-berry) will speak—appropriately, at the feet of Athena in Nashville’s Parthenon—on the glories and practices, the rhetoric and realities, of the ancient Persian Empire.

Professor Dusinberr (Ph.D. Michigan 1997) is Chair of the Classics Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She interested in cultural interactions in Anatolia, particularly in the ways in which the Achaemenid Persian Empire affected local social structures and in the give-and-take between Achaemenid and other cultures. Her first book, Aspects of Empire in Achaemenid Sardis (Cambridge 2003), examines such issues from the vantage of the Lydian capital. Her third book, Empire, Authority, and Autonomy in Achaemenid Anatolia (Cambridge 2013), considers all of Anatolia under Persian rule and proposes a new model for understanding imperialism; it was recognized by the James R. Wiseman Award from the Archaeological Institute of America in 2015. Her numerous articles have appeared in various venues, including the American Journal of Archaeology, Ars Orientalis, the Annals of the American Schools of Oriental Research, and Anatolian Studies. She is a President’s Teaching Scholar and has been awarded twelve University of Colorado teaching awards.

The lecture, which is supported by Vanderbilt University Department of Classical Studies and The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, will take place at the Parthenon at 6:00pm, with a reception following.  Admission is free, but reservations are required (615-862-8431).


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There will be a reception following the lecture.

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The Parthenon

2500 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
(Neighborhood: West End)


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