February 2, 2015
Topic: Arts & Culture
When in Rome, did Jews do as the Romans did?
The Frankel Institute for Judaic Studies’ upcoming symposium on “Jews and the Roman Empire: Beyond Resistance/Accommodation Paradigm” will tackle the complex answer to that question. The event is 2-6 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Newberry Hall, Room 125, at 434 S. State St. in Ann Arbor.
The symposium features the latest scholarship on the ways Jews in the Roman Empire rejected, imitated and even transformed imperial customs and life. Papers probe diverse topics such as architecture in Roman Palestine as well as Roman and Jewish sacrifice. It will include as a presenter Gil Klein, who also is a Frankel Institute fellow.
The event explores aspects of the Institute’s yearlong theme focusing on Jews and Empires.
“It would not be an exaggeration to claim that the complex relations between the Jews and mighty Roman Empire were one of the factors that determined the course of world history,” says head fellow Mikhail Krutikov, professor of Slavic languages and literatures and professor of Judaic studies, LSA.
The event is free and open to the public.