The Sasanians in Context: Art, History, and Archaeology

The Sasanians in Context: Art, History, and Archaeology

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Meyer Auditorium

Freer Gallery of Art

Independence Avenue at 12th St, SW

Washington, DC 20560

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This symposium gathers renowned scholars to share their recent work on the Sasanians and their lasting artistic & historical contributions.

About this event

Between the third and seventh centuries CE, the Sasanian Empire became one of the most dominant powers in the ancient world, extending geographically from Western to Central Asia. From monumental buildings and impressive rock reliefs to elaborately designed metal vessels and finely carved seals, these structures and objects provide a glimpse into the empire’s artistic diversity and its rich material culture. Recent scholarship has further expanded our knowledge of the Sasanian empire and has confirmed its enduring legacy beyond its geographic borders, long after the Arab conquest in the seventh century.

The Sasanians in Context: Art, History, and Archaeology gathers some of the most renowned national and international scholars to share their recent work on the Sasanians and their lasting artistic and historical contributions. It is organized in collaboration with the University of California, Irvine.

This event will take place in the museum's Meyer Auditorium and will be streamed live online. In-person attendees must register here on eventbrite. Online attendees must register on Zoom: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4gQIULb-SPincr_kbHczZg

This symposium is generously funded by the Tina and Hamid Moghadam Fund.