The Persian Period at Ashkelon in Light of Recent Excavations

CGS Brown Bag Lecture Series
Oct 30, 2013
01:30 PM to 02:30 PM
101 Old Botany

Sara Hoffman, History & Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Penn State

The ancient city of Ashkelon, a large port on the coast of modern Israel, played a critical role in trade networks that spanned the Mediterranean world. However, even as the city prospered because of these international connections, its economic significance also caused it to become entangled in broader political conflicts. In the late Iron Age, the Neo-Babylonians destroyed Ashkelon, and the site lay abandoned under ash and debris until it was rebuilt during the Persian Period. Recent work at Ashkelon by the Leon Levy Expedition has focused on clarifying the nature of this settlement. This talk presents recent finds from the excavation of a Persian Period neighborhood at Ashkelon and explores the significance of this material for the political and economic history of the southern Levant.   

Sara Hoffman is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History and the Department of Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Penn State. She is also a member of the archaeological field staff of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon. Her research interests include contacts between Egypt and the Levant, political rhetoric in the prophetic literature of the Hebrew Bible, and ancient Near Eastern economy.

This lecture is a part of the Center for Global Studies Brown Bag Graduate Lecture Series which focuses on interdisciplinary graduate research.

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