“Politics, Religion and Violence: The Maccabean Wars,” Jan Assman (University of Konstanz, Germany)
Wednesday, April 4, 5 pm.
Boston University, Boston University School of Law, Barristers Hall
Supported by the Boston University Center for the Humanities and cosponsored by the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies.
Moderator: Michael Zank (Acting Director, Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies, Boston University)
Professor Jan Assmann taught Egyptology at Heidelberg University from 1992 until 2003 and has been Honorary Professor of Cultural and Religious Studies at Constance University since 2005. His wide-ranging work explores ancient Egyptian religion, literature and history, cultural theory and memory, the reception of Egypt in Europe, and historical anthropology. He has taught as a visiting professor in Paris, Jerusalem, and several American universities including Rice, Yale, and Chicago. His books in English include Moses the Egyptian (1997), The Search for God in Ancient Egypt (2002), Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt (2006), and The Price of Monotheism (2009).