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The Old Babylonian Age: From the Palace of Zimri-Lim to the Law Code of Hammurabi

The Lecturers

April 12 - May 24, 2010

Seth Richardson has taught Ancient Near Eastern History at the University of Chicago since 2003, having received his PhD from Columbia University in 2002. He has published several books and articles on Mesopotamian history, including on state collapse, rebellion, rural settlement, omen literature, ecomonic life, and the symbology of the body.
Mark W. Chavalas is Professor in the History Department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Recipient of many NEH fellowships, he received his PhD from UCLA in 1988. He has excavated at ancient Terqa and Urkesh in Syria. Dr. Chavalas has authored or edited nine books including The Ancient Near East: Historical Sources in Translation, an American Library Association Outstanding Academic Title.
Marian H. Feldman is Associate Professor of Art History and Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley. Recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the J. Paul Getty Foundation and the Mellon Foundation, she received her PhD from Harvard University in 1998. Dr. Feldman has published numerous articles and a book, Diplomacy by Design: Luxury Arts and an "International Style" in the Ancient Near East, 1400-1200 BCE.
Amanda H. Podany is Professor of Ancient Near Eastern History at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She received her PhD from UCLA in 1988. A gifted speaker, Dr. Podany has authored numerous articles and four books on Mesopotamian history including her forthcoming work on ancient diplomacy, Brotherhood of Kings: How International Relations Shaped the Ancient Near East.
Daniel C. Snell is L. J. Semrod Presidential Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma. He received his PhD from Yale University in 1975. He has taught at the University of Aleppo, Barnard College, the University of Michigan and Yale. Dr. Snell is an authority in ancient Babylonian literature and has published numerous articles and eight books including Life in the Ancient Near East, 3100-332 B.C.