Nov. 8: Ani Honarchian on “Transferring relics in the borderlands of the Sasanian and Roman Empire”

By , November 6, 2016 8:15 pm

Salaam! Please join us for a Persian Circle talk on Nov. 8 with Ani Honarchian (UCLA):

جابجایی پیکر قدیسین در سر حدات شاهنشاهی ساسانیان و امپراطوری رم

 Transferring relics in the borderlands of the Sasanian and Roman Empire”


*This talk will be in Persian.*

It will be preceded by an introduction to the topic and vocabulary by the speaker, designed to help students learning Persian to follow the talk. To join the introduction, come to the NELC Lounge at 4pm (Pick Hall, 3rd floor). The regular talk starts at 4:30pm in Pick Hall 218.

Ani Honarchian will talk about the significance of the formation of the cult of saints in two cities in the region of the borderlands of the Roman and the Sasanian Empires. While the city of Sophene received favors and relics from Theodosius II (401-450) and the Sasanian king, Yazdgerd I (r. 399-410), the relics of a recently converted Jewish boy were stolen by a tribe of Arab merchants in the city of Singar, who then spread the cult of the saint in their own lands. The different approaches that cities in the borderland used to disseminate the cult of saints will be then compared to the approach within the Sasanian Empire itself.

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Introduction for students: 4pm in the NELC Lounge (3rd floor, Pick Hall)

Regular talk: 4:30 pm in Pick Hall 218

(5828 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637)

You can listen to a recording of this talk here:

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