Epic Discoveries: From the Birthplace of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm
UA Poetry Center Dorothy Rubel Room Helen S. Schaefer Building, 1508 E. Helen St. FREE Parking after 5 PM

Since 2004 the UA has fielded an excavation project at the remote Sanctuary of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion, known in antiquity as the “birthplace of Zeus.” Located high in the Arcadian mountains of Greece is an altar composed of the ash of animal dedications, mostly from goat and sheep. Ritual use has been documented from as early as the 16th century B.C. during the early Mycenaean period, reflecting that this practice of offering burnt animal sacrifice began much earlier than previously known in the Greek world. Renewed excavation this past summer has yielded a stunning discovery amid the ash and burnt animal bones: a human skeleton. Likely an adolescent male, the skeleton was found near the middle of the ash altar at the highest part of the mountain peak. Faculty involved in the project will present these exciting new excavation results. Faculty colleagues will look at relevant ancient literary texts, including sources from the Judeo-Christian tradition, that may shed light on this discovery.

Event Sponsors: UA College of Humanities Department of Religious Studies and Classics, UA School of Anthropology, Archeological Institute of America Tucson Society, Hellenic Cultural Foundation of Tucson

In celebration of the 2016 Tucson Humanities Festival, please join us for a reception at the Poetry Center to meet the new UA College of Humanities Dean Alain-Philippe Durand immediately following the presentation.

Part of the Tucson Humanities Festival, a series of topical lectures, panel discussions and events presented by UA College of Humanities faculty and special guests. For more information, including the Festival schedule and presenters, go to humanitiesfestival.arizona.edu.

Questions? Contact Helen Bernard at 520-626-4319

Presented by: David Gilman Romano, Mary E. Voyatzis, Arum Park & Courtney Friesen
UA FACULTY FROM RELIGIOUS STUDIES AND CLASSICS AND SCHOOL OF ANTHROPOLOGY

Epic Discoveries:
From the Birthplace of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion

Since 2004 the UA has fielded an excavation project at the remote Sanctuary of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion, known in antiquity as the “birthplace of Zeus.” Located high in the Arcadian mountains of Greece is an altar composed of the ash of animal dedications, mostly from goat and sheep. Ritual use has been documented from as early as the 16th century B.C. during the early Mycenaean period, reflecting that this practice of offering burnt animal sacrifice began much earlier than previously known in the Greek world. Renewed excavation this past summer has yielded a stunning discovery amid the ash and burnt animal bones: a human skeleton. Likely an adolescent male, the skeleton was found near the middle of the ash altar at the highest part of the mountain peak. Faculty involved in the project will present these exciting new excavation results. Faculty colleagues will look at relevant ancient literary texts, including sources from the Judeo-Christian tradition, that may shed light on this discovery.

Event Sponsors: UA College of Humanities Department of Religious Studies and Classics, UA School of Anthropology, Archeological Institute of America Tucson Society, Hellenic Cultural Foundation of Tucson

In celebration of the 2016 Tucson Humanities Festival, please join us for a reception at the Poetry Center to meet the new UA College of Humanities Dean Alain-Philippe Durand immediately following the presentation.

Part of the Tucson Humanities Festival, a series of topical lectures, panel discussions and events presented by UA College of Humanities faculty and special guests. For more information, including the Festival schedule and presenters, go to humanitiesfestival.arizona.edu.

Questions? Contact Helen Bernard at 520-626-4319

Presented by: David Gilman Romano, Mary E. Voyatzis, Arum Park & Courtney Friesen
UA FACULTY FROM RELIGIOUS STUDIES AND CLASSICS AND SCHOOL OF ANTHROPOLOGY

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm

Schedule of Events

Notes from the Margins:
Minority Voices in Russian Culture
Monday, October 10, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Russia is one of the world’s largest countries in terms of land mass, but it may come as a surprise to learn that it is...
Safe(r) Places:
Intercultural Competency & International Students
Monday, October 10, 2016 -
5:30pm to 6:30pm
A true melting pot, the UA and Tucson landscapes have changed dramatically in response to social changes and our ever-...
Sexuality and Resilient Refuge:
Narratives of Queer Maghrebi French
Monday, October 10, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Listen to the “coming out” narratives of queer Maghrebi (North African) and Maghrebi French men who moved to or grew up...
Musical Refuge:
Hecho en Mexico
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm
Join the College of Humanities at the Loft Cinema to explore the richly diverse music of our southern neighbor in Hecho...
Epic Discoveries:
From the Birthplace of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm
Since 2004 the UA has fielded an excavation project at the remote Sanctuary of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion, known in antiquity...
Buddhist Escapes:
Caught Between Two Worlds
Thursday, October 13, 2016 -
4:30pm to 5:30pm
The three refuges – the Buddha, the Dharma (Buddhist teaching), and the Sangha (Buddhist community) – mark the pivotal...
Climate Change and Poetry:
Reading by Aracelis Girmay
Thursday, October 13, 2016 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm
What role does poetry have in envisioning, articulating, or challenging our ecological present? What role does poetry...
No Trespassing:
Bodies and Beaches for Sale in the Contemporary Caribbean
Friday, October 14, 2016 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm
The Caribbean has long been portrayed as a place of paradise, relaxation, and adventure. Yet, this exotified image is...
Exiles and Refugees:
Afro-Latin Hip Hop and the Bible
Friday, October 14, 2016 -
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Hear stories of exile and migration in biblical texts as well as contemporary hip hop. The experiences of exile,...
Fatherland and Mother Tongue:
German-Jewish Identity in the 21st Century
Monday, October 17, 2016 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
In the midst of increasingly diverse Jewish life in contemporary Germany, a new generation of writers is redefining...
Germans, Jews and the Theatre:
Guest Lecture by Jonathan Hess
Monday, October 17, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
“What good actor today is not a Jew?” Friedrich Nietzsche asked in 1882, posing a question that drew on a long...