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The Aramaic dialects within their Late Antique environment.

Monday July 9 (evening), Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday July 10, 11, 12 (daytime) at University College London.

You are welcome to all or any part of the conference.

Further information link:  IJS Conference 2018

Programme and venue to be announced with Eventbrite booking details shortly.

Jewish and Christian Tombstones from ancient Zoara/Zoora

Start: Dec 01, 2014 06:00 PM

Ilaria Bultrighini, UCL

Monday December 1st

in conjunction with the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society


The Biblical town of Zoar, referred to as Zoora in a 6th century CE map, is located by modern Ghor es-Safi, at the southeastern shores of the Dead Sea in Jordan. Regular and illegal archeological excavations that took place in the 1980s and 1990s in the site brought to light an impressive number of Greek and Aramaic epitaphs inscribed on stone, dating to the 4th–6th centuries CE. Gravestones inscribed in Greek belong to Christian burials, while the fewer stones inscribed in Aramaic were attributed to Jewish burials. This is a major discovery, not only as these texts are of exceptional quality and unusual character, but also for their sheer number: the corpus of newly-discovered epitaphs from Zoara/Zoora comprises 386 Greek and ca. 50 Aramaic inscriptions. Such figures are unparalleled in most of the cities or towns in the Roman Near East.

Ilaria Bultrighini studied Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Urbino (BA, 2005) and at Sapienza University of Rome (MA, 2008), and received her PhD from G. d'Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara (2012). In 2012/2013 she was a joint fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies (Harvard University) and the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (Berlin), before joining the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCL in September 2013, where she is research associate in Ancient History and works as a member of a team on the ERC-funded project Calendars in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, directed by Professor Sacha Stern. Her forthcoming book 'Demi attici della paralia' ('Attic demes of paralia') is a revised version of her doctoral dissertation and explores a number of coastal demes of Attica by analysing the epigraphic, archaeological, and literary evidence connected to them, with a special emphasis on the epigraphic documentation.

Lecture 6.00 pm followed by reception

Institute of Archaeology lecture theatre

UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square

London WC1H 0PY 


Eventbrite - Christian and Jewish Tombstones from ancient Zoara/Zoora

For more events, see our Lectures Programme for Autumn 2014.      

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