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Claiming Ancient Carthage: The Quest for Antiquities in 19th Century

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Monday, February 17, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Fayerweather Hall, 1180 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027 Room 411

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Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement
A talk by Dr. Ridha Moumni - Art Historian, curator, fellow at the Center of Middle Eastern Studies and Aga Khan Associate, Harvard University Response by Dr. Avinoam Shalem – Riggio Professor of the History of the Arts of Islam, Columbia University In the 19th century, ancient Carthage served as a major point of competition between European archaeologists, which led to both French and British governments pursuing a newly revived rivalry fifty years following the Campaign of Egypt. Scholars sent from European capitals helped to enrich the holdings of their national museums in cities such as Paris, London and Copenhagen, among others. As such this practice awakened a new taste for antiquities amongst the local ruling class, who became increasingly aware of the significance and prestige of their ancient cultural heritage.
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