Joint Middle East Department/Palestine Exploration Fund lecture series
Ten days in the life of Dura-Europos: gods, cults and temples on the Seleucid, Parthian and Roman Euphrates

Thursday 5 December 2013,

Free, just drop in, limited seating

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Dura-Europos, a small fortress town on a plateau overlooking the Middle Euphrates, has been under Seleucid, Parthian and Roman control.

This clear-cut periodisation of Dura’s history has strong implications for studies of the town’s religious life.

Excavations have revealed an astonishing variety of gods and goddesses – Greek, indigenous and Roman deities, and gods from the nearby caravan city of Palmyra.

Ted Kaizer, University of Durham, selects ten snapshots from the rich material evidence to showcase the variety and development of Dura’s religious life, examining whether a reconstruction of the town’s ritual calendar can be attempted.

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Dura Europos – the Euphrates viewed from the Citadel, looking north. Courtesy of Ted Kaizer, Durham University.