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Brian Rose: Great Voyages: Jason and the Golden Fleece

Brian Rose, James B. Pritchard Professor of Classical Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania. Searching for the Golden Fleece with Jason and the Argonauts One of the most captivating voyages in Classical literature involved the travels of the Greek hero Jason to the Black Sea, where he searched for the golden fleece of a winged ram that …

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Peter Struck: Great Voyages: The Odyssey, Nostalgia, and the Lost Home

Published on Apr 4, 2014 Homer’s tale of the wandering hero has loaned its name to the English language for the very idea of a long wandering voyage. In this talk, Dr. Struck considers the idea of a displacement in the epic poem, and how Odysseus negotiates his status as someone separated from where he …

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Clark Erickson: Great Voyages: Thor Heyerdahl and Kon Tiki

Scholars have long debated the possibility of long distance travel between continents and its impact on the development of cultures. Similarities between specific objects or complexes of cultural traits often lead to hypotheses about the dating, nature, and direction of journeys, and the identification of possible colonists. In this lecture, Dr. Erickson discusses Thor Heyerdahl’s …

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Steve Tinney: Great Voyages: Gilgamesh – Journeys to the End of the World

Steve Tinney, Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania Gilgamesh: Journeys to the End of the World Gilgamesh was a figure of legend in ancient Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) from as early as 4,500 years ago. The tales of his travels were not only stories of adventure in places no human had …

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Paul Cobb: Great Voyages: Ibn Battuta

Paul Cobb, Professor, Islamic History, University of Pennsylvania presents Traveler’s Tips from the 14th Century: The Detours of Ibn Battuta. In 1325, a Moroccan scholar named Ibn Battuta set out to do a bit of traveling. When he finally returned to his homeland 30 years later, he had visited the equivalent of over 40 modern …

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Gallup-Diaz: Great Voyages: Ferdinand Magellan

Magellan’s circumnavigation was a complex event—a feat of navigation and exploration that also saw hardship, shipwreck, and mutiny visited upon the expedition’s crew. In a process that would become paradigmatic, Europeans found themselves enmeshed in regional and local politics—a causative element in Magellan’s death. Dr. Gallup-Diaz examines the varied and interconnected maritime, cultural, and political …

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Adam Smith: Great Voyages: Zheng He

Dr. Adam Smith, Assistant Curator, Asian Section talks about Zheng He, a Muslim-born eunuch and the most famous of the men that led the spectacular maritime expeditions of the Ming Dynasty, mounted during the early 15th century as an assertion of China’s power and prestige among neighboring peoples of Southeast Asia. Dr. Smith discusses Zheng …

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