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18:15 - 19:45 24 February 2011
Politics, diplomacy, gift exchange and royal marriage in the late Bronze Age
Garden Room (reception) / Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre (lecture) |
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
Professor Yoram Cohen, Tel Aviv University, Yoram Cohen completed his B.A and M.A studies in Tel Aviv University. He graduated from Harvard University in 2003, upon completing his PhD dissertation on the subject of the Mesopotamian scholarly texts. He has published extensively on Mesopotamian schooling texts and cooperated with several scholars on historical issues regarding the end of the Late Bronze Age. His research interests are ancient scribal education, childhood, adolescence, and apprenticeship in the ancient Near East, and lexical lists in the Western Periphery.
This lecture will address the complex social history of and legal interaction between the Royal courts of the Late Bronze Age, including Egypt, the Hittite Empire, Babylonia, Assyria and the vassal states of the Land of Canaan. We will be seen how for a period of over 100 years, diplomacy, gift exchange and royal marriages replaced war as a mode of interaction between the major powers of the time and their vassal states.
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