Joint Middle East Department/AIAS/PEF event
The Annual Richard Barnett Memorial Lecture: Understanding Tanit
Monday 14 January,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Free, just drop in
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Jonathan Tubb, Keeper of Middle East at British Museum, examines the goddess Tanit.
The goddess Tanit is known extensively from funerary stelae and other artefacts from Carthage, but only sparsely from the homeland, where her symbol, a triangle surmounted by a horizontal bar and a disc, appears on only a handful of objects, none of which can be dated earlier than the 4th century BC.
Was she a Phoenician goddess at all or a creation of Carthage? Should the few instances of her appearance in the homeland be attributed to returning colonists?
By separating the name from the symbol it is hoped that these questions can be answered and that an assessment can be made of her crucial role in religion and society.
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