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“Images and Lives of Women in Ancient Persia ”

One-Day Conference on April 21, 2007  at Bowers Museum

SANTA ANA, Calif. —Scholars from multiple disciplines come together for the first lecture of California State University Fullerton ’s Razi Family Foundation Lecture series Bowers Museum, in partnership with California State University, Fullerton’s Razi Family Foundation Lecture Series, presents “Images and Lives of Women in Ancient Persia,” a one day conference on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Scholars from around the country will address the historical and material evidence of the lives of women in ancient Persia . The lecture will be held in the Norma Kershaw Auditorium and is organized by Dr. Touraj Daryaee, associate professor of history and Dr. Thomas Klammer, dean of the college of humanities and social sciences, at Cal State Fullerton. It is co-sponsored by CSUF and the Persian Arts Council. Admission to the lecture is free. Bowers Museum is located at 2002 North Main Street in Santa Ana . For additional information call 714-567-3679.

The conference brings together scholars from various fields such as archaeology, art history and religious studies to discuss the lives of women in ancient Persia beginning with the Elamite period in the third millennium B.C. to that of the Sasanian Empire in late antiquity.

The Elamite period, which lasted from around 2700 B.C. to 539 B.C., is considered a starting point for the history of Iran . The Elamite civilization made great strides in architecture and sculpture, and its culture played a vital role in the Persian Empire . The Sassanid Empire, approximately 224 A.D. to 651 A.D., was the last great Iranian monarchy before the Muslim conquest and adoption of Islam. The influence of the Sassanid civilization was carried forward to the early Islamic world and shaped Islamic culture, architecture and writing.

Conference organizer Dr. Touraj Daryaee received his Ph.D. in history at the University of California , Los Angeles and specializes in the history and culture of Ancient Persia. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and texts and the editor of “The Journal of Ancient Iranian Studies.” Dr. Daryaee is currently the professor of ancient Persian history at California State University , Fullerton .

Co-organizer Dr. Thomas Klammer earned a Ph.D. in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Michigan and has been dean of CSUF’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences since 1999. The college’s Intensive Institute in Persian Language and Culture offers students the opportunity to develop professional language skills through intensive instruction, field trips and other activities. Klammer feels this area of study is vitally important given both the world situation and the large Iranian-American population in Southern California . About the April 21 conference, Klammer says, “It is a rare opportunity to have such a renowned group of scholars come together. We often see the lives of modern Middle Eastern women discussed, but rarely their lives and roles in ancient times.”

Bowers Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Eight exhibitions are featured, including “Treasures from Shanghai : 5,000 Years of Chinese Art and Culture,” “Ansel Adams: Classic Images,” and “Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt …Treasures from the British Museum .” Bowers offers shopping at its two unique gallery stores and a world-class dining experience at Tangata Restaurant of the Patina Group. The museum also features an array of films, lectures, festivals, art, music programs and events throughout the year.

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Images and Lives of Women in Ancient Persia

April 21, 2007

California State University , Fullerton

Razi Lecture Series


the Bowers Museum

2002 N. Main St.,

Santa Ana, CA 92706

(714) 567-3600

R.N. Frye Harvard Opening Remarks

K. Abdi Dartmouth College The Hardworking Women of Palum: Labor Organization in An Early Second Millennium BCE Community in Central Zagros Mountains of Western Iran

A. Mousavi LACMA Traces of women in archaeological evidence in Iran 2000-1000 B.C.

E. Carter UCLA Royal Women of Elam

M. Schwartz UC Berkeley “Man or Woman”: Poetic and Pragmatic Aspects of Old Avestan Egalitarianism

J. Rose Claremont University Health and Continuity of Life: An Overview of Women’s Worship of the Waters in Promotion of the Zoroastrian Purpose

W. Soward CSUF A Comparative Structuralist Assessment of pre-modern Iranian kin-marriage

R. Shayegan UCLA On Obscure Queens of the Arsacid Age

H. Emrani UCLA Like father, like daughter: late Sasanian Imperial ideology and the rise of Boran to power

J. Walker Univ. of Washington Hazarowai becomes Maria: Narratives of Female Conversion to Christianity in the Late Sasanian Empire

T. Daryaee CSUF The forgotten Sasanian Queen: Azarmidukht

D. Stronach UC Berkeley Closing Remarks



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