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The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago is a leading research center for the ancient Middle East. The museum houses some 350,000 artifacts — around 5,000 of which are on display — excavated mainly by OI archaeologists. Founded in 1919, at a time when the Middle East was called the Orient, the OI has pioneered innovative excavations and comprehensive dictionary projects that chronicle ancient civilizations. The Oriental Institute Museum aims to understand, reveal, and protect ancient Middle Eastern civilizations.

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The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago is a leading research center for the ancient Middle East. The museum houses some 350,000 artifacts — around 5,000 of which are on display — excavated mainly by OI archaeologists. Founded in 1919, at a time when the Middle East was called the Orient, the OI has pioneered innovative excavations and comprehensive dictionary projects that chronicle ancient civilizations. The Oriental Institute Museum aims to understand, reveal, and protect ancient Middle Eastern civilizations.

    Uncovering History Episode 10: Plague Prayers of the Ancient Hittites Part 2

    Uncovering History Episode 10: Plague Prayers of the Ancient Hittites Part 2

    Uncovering History Episode 10
    Plague Prayers of the Ancient Hittites Part 2
    Theo van den Hout

    Early in the 14th Century BCE, the Hittites faced a twenty year plague. How did these ancient Anatolians deal with pandemics? While the methods may be different, not much has changed.

    Join Theo van den Hout, the Arthur and Joanne Rasmussen Professor of Anatolian Languages and Cultures, OI, for part two in the discussion on plague prayers and scapegoating rituals used to combat plague in the ancient Hittite world.

    A video version of this discussion with images can be viewed on the Oriental Institute YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/7rhpDi86xm4

    To support this and all of our research, become a member of the Oriental Institute. To explore the benefits of joining, please visit: oi.uchicago.edu/member

    Please excuse the audio and video, this podcast was recorded at-home.

    • 13 min
    Uncovering History Episode 9: Plague Prayers of the Ancient Hittites

    Uncovering History Episode 9: Plague Prayers of the Ancient Hittites

    Uncovering History Episode 9
    Plague Prayers of the Ancient Hittites
    Theo van den Hout

    Early in the 14th Century BCE, the Hittites faced a twenty year plague. How did these ancient Anatolians deal with pandemics? While the methods may be different, not much has changed.

    Join Theo van den Hout, the Arthur and Joanne Rasmussen Professor of Anatolian Languages and Cultures, OI, for a discussion on plague prayers and scapegoating rituals used to combat plague in the ancient Hittite world.

    A video version of this discussion with images can be viewed on the Oriental Institute YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/CNAEjsBYFKE

    To support this and all of our research, become a member of the Oriental Institute. To explore the benefits of joining, please visit: https://oi.uchicago.edu/member

    Please excuse the audio and video, this podcast was recorded at-home.

    • 30 min
    Uncovering History Episode 8: Searching the Hittite Skies

    Uncovering History Episode 8: Searching the Hittite Skies

    Uncovering History Episode 8

    Searching the Hittite Skies
    Emily Smith
    PhD student in Hittitology, OI

    Just in time for summer stargazing, Emily Smith joins Steven Townshend for a discussion on comets, eclipses, and other celestial occurrences in the ancient skies.

    To support this and all of our research, become a member of the Oriental Institute. To explore the benefits of joining, please visit: oi.uchicago.edu/member

    • 18 min
    Uncovering History Episode 7: Awakening the Dead for Love Part 2

    Uncovering History Episode 7: Awakening the Dead for Love Part 2

    Uncovering History Episode 7

    Awakening the Dead for Love Part 2 | Robert Ritner, Rowe Professor of Egyptology, and Foy Scalf, OI

    In this episode Steven talks from home with Robert Ritner, the Rowe Professor of Egyptology, OI, and Foy Scalf, head of the OI research archives to continue the conversation about their recently published, and unique, erotic love spell from ancient Egypt written on papyrus in Demotic.

    A video version of this discussion with images can be viewed on the Oriental Institute YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/c_tgomCPDcg

    To support this and all of our research, become a member of the Oriental Institute. To explore the benefits of joining, please visit: oi.uchicago.edu/member

    • 44 min
    Uncovering History Episode 6: Awakening the Dead for Love

    Uncovering History Episode 6: Awakening the Dead for Love

    Awakening the Dead for Love | Robert Ritner, Rowe Professor of Egyptology, and Foy Scalf, OI

    In this episode Steven talks from home with Robert Ritner, the Rowe Professor of Egyptology, OI, and Foy Scalf, head of the OI research archives to explore their recently published, and unique, erotic love spell from ancient Egypt written on papyrus in Demotic.

    A video version of this discussion with images can be viewed on the Oriental Institute YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/VadMR0RW4CY

    To support this and all of our research, become a member of the Oriental Institute. To explore the benefits of joining, please visit: https://oi.uchicago.edu/member

    • 41 min
    Judean and Egyptian Novellas of the Achaemenid and Hellenistic Periods by Joey Cross

    Judean and Egyptian Novellas of the Achaemenid and Hellenistic Periods by Joey Cross

    Joey Cross, PhD candidate in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, presents an at-home lecture that explores the elements of storytelling in the Achaemenid and Hellenistic periods, while shining a light on how scholars reconstruct the world of this art form.

    Joey is currently writing a dissertation on novellas written in Egypt and Judea during the Achaemenid and Hellenistic periods. This interdisciplinary project explores a new type of storytelling shared uniquely by these two cultures, with remarkably similar literary features, cultural concerns, and social contexts. Joey also teaches online courses for the OI and contributes to the museum's docent training program.

    This lecture is part of our weekly at-home social media exploration of the ancient Middle East. Join us on OI social media for up-to-date content and themes!

    Subscribe to our Oriental Institute YouTube channel to receive first notice of all of our future lectures and live streams.

    Our lectures are free and available to the public thanks to the generous support of our members. To become a member of the OI, please visit: http://bit.ly/2AWGgF7

    This audio recording was originally presented as an illustrated lecture on October 3, 2018. The video of this lecture is available on the OI YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/1d9npCDAbE0

    • 58 min

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