António de Gouveia and the Fascination with Persepolis

Exhibition poster with a photograph of Antoin Sevruguin

By Ivo Dos Santos Martins

Until 6 May 2018 the National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden) in Leiden is hosting the exhibition Fascination with Persepolis. This exhibition is inspired by the work of photo-historian Dr. Corien Vuurman whose doctoral dissertation was published in 2015. Although relatively small, the exhibition takes full advantage of its limited space to convene a coherent and compelling narrative of the men and women who contributed to unveiling Persepolis anew. Not included in this iconographic exhibition for obvious reasons (there isn’t a single image that depicts him), is the Portuguese priest Fryer António de Gouveia (1575-1628), who was one of those rediscoverers.

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Across the Ocean – A trip to the USA in the service of Assyriology

By Melanie Groß

In mid-November 2017, when the sky over Leiden was grey and draped with clouds, I was given the opportunity to cross the big pond for a three week work and study trip. I visited some major cities on the east coast of the United States, which all had been founded in the early 17th century by European immigrants.

Boston Skyline

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Orientalists Day

On 25 January 2018, the Persia & Babylonia project is organising the annual Orientalists Day at Leiden University. This symposium about the Ancient Near East is meant for students, scholars and interested people. There will be lectures in both Dutch and English.

If you wish to attend, please send an e-mail to persiababylonia@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Five travel grants are made available for PhD or (research) MA students from the Netherlands and Flanders in order to participate. Please apply before 15 January 2018 (based on first come, first served) through persiababylonia@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Programme

10.00-10.35 Coffee and tea
10.35-10.45 Welcome by Caroline Waerzeggers
10.45-11.15 Klaas Veenhof
De familiegod in de Oudassyrische samenleving
11.15-11.45 Carolien van der Brugge
De Assyrische koningen tussen 934 en 746 v. Chr.: Heersers of Handelaren?
11.45-12.15 Jan-Wim Wesselius
Taal, grammatica en stijl in het bijbelboek Daniel
12.15-12.45 Daan Nijssen
Hoe bereik ik een jong publiek?
12.45-14.15 Lunch break
14.15-14.45 Lara Weiss and Nico Staring
The Walking Dead at Saqqara: The making of a cultural geography
14.45-15.15 Jonny Russell
The Theory of Healing in Ancient Egypt: A Lexicographic Analysis of Biophysical and Cultural Realities in Healing Papyri from the Ancient Nile Valley
15.15-15.30 Tea break
15.30-16.00 Melanie Groß
Business and Family Life in Babylonian Sippar during Persian Rule
16.00-16.30 Christina van der Wal Anonby
Near East, Far Out: A history of Kumzari
16.30-17.00 Caroline Waerzeggers
– NINO’s future
– Next Orientalists Day?
17.00 Drinks