Sensing the Past: Sensorial Experiences in Ancient Mesopotamia

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History / Heritage - Lecture/Discussion

Date & Time: Monday, October 7, 2019
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Suggested Audiences: High School, College, Adult, Elders
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Assumption College
500 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609-1296
Cost: Free
Sponsored by: Assumption College HumanArts, History Department and The Archeological Institute of America
Description: Allison Karmel Thomason, (Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville) will lecture on
Sensing the Past: Sensorial Experiences in Ancient Mesopotamia

Lecture summary: We are all sensing people, and the basic physical structure of our sensing organs has not changed for many thousands of years. But how did ancient humans perceive and experience sensory stimuli in their environment differently than we do today? Dr. Thomason sets out to explore this topic for the ancient Mesopotamians in particular. The history of the senses and explorations of sensory experiences in the ancient world have been increasingly the focus of scholarly research. Archaeologists, art historians and textual scholars have tried to recreate past sensory environments and experiences by using evidence from images, artifacts and ancient texts of all kinds. In this lecture, Dr. Thomason, a specialist in ancient Mesopotamian material culture, explores how ancient Mesopotamian perceptions of sensory experiences can be compared to our own modern ones, with sometimes surprising results.
Co-sponsored by the Assumption College Human Arts Series, Assumption College History Program, and the Archaeological Institute of America
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Created: June 27, 2019 at 3:48 PM

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