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Palmyra: Mirage in the Desert

Free with Museum admission; seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Gain insight into the art, archaeology, history, and religion of a Syrian oasis city during this one-day symposium.

Morning Session (10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)

Welcoming Remarks
Daniel H. Weiss, President, The Met

Joan Aruz, Curator in Charge, Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art, The Met

After Thirty Years of Syro-German/Austrian Archaeological Research at Palmyra
Andreas Schmidt-Colinet, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Classical Archaeology, University of Vienna, Austria

The Bride of the Dry Steppe: Palmyra and the Surrounding Territory
Jørgen Christian Meyer, Professor, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen, Norway

Out of a Palmyrene Family: Notes on The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Collection
Eleonora Cussini, Adjunct Professor, Department of Asian and Mediterranean African Studies, Caʼ Foscari University of Venice, Italy

How to Be a Proper Citizen of Tadmor-Palmyra
Ted Kaizer, Reader in Roman Culture and History, Department of Classics and Ancient History, Durham University, United Kingdom

Morning session moderator, Salam Al Kuntar, Penn Museum Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania

Afternoon Session (2:00–4:30 p.m.)

Bel and Baalshamin: Two Lost Temples
Michał Gawlikowski, Professor Emeritus, Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw, Poland

Palmyrene Funerary Portraiture: Individualization and Group Identity
Rubina Raja, Professor, School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Denmark

Embodied Identities in the Funerary Portraiture of Palmyra
Maura K. Heyn, Associate Professor, Department of Classical Studies, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Palmyrene Sculpture in Context: Between Hybridity and Heterogeneity
Lucinda Dirven, Associate Professor of Ancient History, Department of History, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Afternoon session moderator, Joan Aruz, Curator in Charge, Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art, The Met

The symposium is made possible by The Charles K. Wilkinson Lecture Series fund.

Assistive listening devices are available from the ushers.Assistive listening devices are available from the ushers.

Above: Funerary relief, ca. 2nd–3rd century A.D. Syria, probably from Palmyra. Limestone. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, 1902 (02.29.1)

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