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Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity

Thursday, April 4, 2019
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Werth Tower 112

Karen B. Stern, associate professor of history at Brooklyn College of CUNY, will present a talk on her archaeological research. Lunch will be provided. Few direct clues exist on the everyday lives and beliefs of ordinary Jews in antiquity. Ancient Jews scribbled and drew graffiti everyplace—in and around markets, hippodromes, theaters, pagan temples, open cliffs, sanctuaries, and even inside burial caves and synagogues. These markings can tell us more than we might expect about the men and women who made them, people whose lives, beliefs, and behaviors eluded commemoration in grand literary and architectural works. Drawing analogies with modern graffiti practices, Professor Stern shows how overlooked connections between Jews and their neighbors shed new light on the richness of their everyday lives.


Pamela Weathers,

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