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Tuesday, December 3, 2019
5:30 PM


Oriental Institute


$392 (Non-members), $314 (members), $157 (OI Docent), $98 (UChicago students)

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Art and Archaeology of Persia: From its Beginnings to the Present Day (8 weeks)
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm, December 3 2019-February 4, 2020 (class will not meet on December 24, or December 31) in OI 210 and Online.
$392 (Non-members), $314 (members), $157 (OI Docent), $98 (UChicago students). Please note that there is also a registration fee of up to $7.95. Cancellation is possible up to one day before the event.
Instructors: Shannon Martino, PhD (OI Graphic Artist and School of the Art Institute) and Tasha Vorderstrasse, PhD, University and Continuing Education Coordinator, Oriental Institute

This course will focus on the art and archaeology of Persia, which has long been an important aspect of the OI's work in the Near East. The class will examine Persian art and archaeology chronologically, starting with the prehistoric period and ending with the Islamic Qajar dynasty in the 19th century. Students will find this to be a comprehensive overview of an important region and come to understand how Persia interacted with its neighbors and developed through time. The course will focus in particular on the OI's important excavations in the area and how they have contributed to our understanding of Persian archaeology. The first four weeks will cover the country's prehistory and the Elamites, while the next four weeks will examine the Achaemenid, Parthian, Sasanian, and Islamic empires.