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The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University is a center for advanced scholarly research and graduate education, intended to cultivate comparative and connective investigations of the ancient world from the western Mediterranean to China, open to the integration of every category of evidence and relevant method of analysis. The official page of ISAW. Spam/ads, profanity, slurs, or attacks will be deleted.
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In AramcoWorld's recent article exploring the work of renowned Kazakh conservator Krym Altynbekov, ISAW's 2012 exhibitio...
08/01/2019
Kazakhstan's Golden Son - Krym Altynbekov - AramcoWorld

In AramcoWorld's recent article exploring the work of renowned Kazakh conservator Krym Altynbekov, ISAW's 2012 exhibition "Nomads and Networks" was highlighted as "the first exhibition in the US to offer a full overview of early steppe nomadic culture."

See information on the exhibition here: isaw.nyu.edu/exhibitions/nomads-and-networks

Kazakhstan's Golden Son - Krym Altynbekov - The 65-year-old uses his forensic skills to preserve and reproduce archeological treasures in his homeland of Kazakhstan.

Check out this review of our "beautifully curated" Spring 2019 Exhibition and catalogue! #ISAWHymntoApollo
07/22/2019
The New York Review of Books

Check out this review of our "beautifully curated" Spring 2019 Exhibition and catalogue! #ISAWHymntoApollo

Alexandra Enders writes, "By its nature, dance poses unique challenges for scholars... There is no full way to capture the presence of dance except through dance itself. This tension—between dance and the representation of dance—is always at the heart of dance; dancers feel it, too, and so do the people who watch dance and the people who write about it. The recent exhibition 'Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes' reminded me how intriguing this tension is."

Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute
06/06/2019

Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute

Fellows Abigail Pearson (University of Exeter) and Kyle Brunner (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University) are developing Syriac manuscript OCR this summer. They are working with Transkribus and ScanTent to create HTR models that can automatically transcribe handwritten Syriac text. Using Transkribus with the ScanTent and DocScan app, individuals will be able to scan Syriac manuscripts with their phone linked with Transkribus to automatically produce a searchable PDF of the manuscript they are researching.

The first stage of this process is to generate enough training data for the computer model to learn from. This involves manually transcribing 75-100 pages of handwritten text and accurately aligning the transcriptions with the text in the manuscript. "We hope to create successful models for Serto, East Syriac, and Estrangelo scripts," they say.

Abigail returns to Beth Mardutho for a second summer fellowship, and Kyle is the 2019 Dr. Talal and Mrs. Wesal Findakly Fellow in the Digital Humanities.

#Fellows

06/01/2019
Kınık Höyük Kazı Arkadaşları

Welcome to the Kink Hoyuk Archaeological Project!

ISAW Prof. Lorenzo d'Alfonso's excavations at Kinik Hoyuk are now on Facebook! Check them out for updates from the field!

Kınık Höyük is located in Southern Cappadocia, in the province of Niğde, Turkey. Current excavations are led for ISAW by Lorenzo d'Alfonso jointly with the University of Pavia, and with the participation of the Universities of Niğde and Erzurum (Turkey), and of the Laboratoire de Géographie physique, CNRS France. Current work includes historical and environmental reconstruction, investigation of ceramic production and micro-climate, and conservation in situ of major architectural remains dating to the first Millennium BC.

#ISAWAbroad

Come here for news about the excavation and the communities of Altunhisar and Yeşilyurt!

Nigde kinik hoyuk sayfasına hoşgeldiniz. Kazı, Altunhisar ve Yeşilyurt toplulukları hakkında haberler için buraya gelin!

Closing this Sunday, June 2nd! Don’t miss out on your last chance to see ISAW’s “delightful (and) illuminating” exhibiti...
05/29/2019

Closing this Sunday, June 2nd! Don’t miss out on your last chance to see ISAW’s “delightful (and) illuminating” exhibition Hymn to Apollo, most recently reviewed in the @nytimes by @robertasmithnyt, swipe right for the full feature!


#thingstodoinnyc #isawhymntoapollo #ancientart #balletsrusses #costumedesign #diaghilev #ballet #danceinspiration @ Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

Fashion History Timeline
05/23/2019
Fashion History Timeline

Fashion History Timeline

The Ballets Russes, a ground-breaking dance company at the beginning of the 20th century, took inspiration from ancient art and sculpture from Greece, Rome, and Egypt to create costumes, poses, and set designs, as “Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes” at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World explores. Check out our latest blog post to find out more!

#fashionhistory #fashionresearch #digitalhumanities #arthistory

https://fashionhistory.fitnyc.edu/hymn-to-apollo/

We are thrilled to share this lovely review of ISAW's exhibition #HymnToApollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes...
05/23/2019

We are thrilled to share this lovely review of ISAW's exhibition #HymnToApollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes, featured in The Magazine Antiques!

ISAW Associate Professor Rod Campbell was recently interviewed for an article in Scientific American discussing his rese...
05/22/2019
Uncovering the Sacrificial Puppies of the Shang Dynasty

ISAW Associate Professor Rod Campbell was recently interviewed for an article in Scientific American discussing his research on animal sacrifice and human-animal relations in Early China.

A new study suggests young dogs were frequently buried with humans in China some 3,000 years ago, but the precise reasons remain elusive

Our collaboration with Works & Process at the Guggenheim​ featured in Dance Magazine​!!!
05/08/2019
Dance Magazine

Our collaboration with Works & Process at the Guggenheim​ featured in Dance Magazine​!!!

We are so here for the Diaghilev references.

Works & Process at the Guggenheim
04/29/2019
Works & Process at the Guggenheim

Works & Process at the Guggenheim

Thanks to The New York Times and Brian Schaefer for today's shoutout in this weekend's "10 Dance Performances to See in N.Y.C."! Our commission of Reid and Harriet's Design Dialogues with Institute for the Study of the Ancient World's "The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes" is this Sun & Mon: "The prolific costume design team of Bartelme and Jung takes inspiration from that exhibition and applies it to designs for two commissioned works by the choreographers Netta Yerushalmy and Christopher Williams." For tickets and more info, visit https://gu.gg/2XJVSGz

04/24/2019
"Works & Process" - The New Yorker

Looking for something to do this Sunday?
Get your tickets today for a beautiful evening of dance and design inspired by our exhibition Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes!

TICKETS: https://www.guggenheim.org/event/reid-bartelme-and-harriet-jung-design-dialogues-with-isaws-the-ancient-world-and-the-ballets-russes

#isawhymntoapollo
#guggenheimworksandprocess
#thenewyorkergoingsonabouttown

The performance-and-discussion series presents an evening of dances created in response to the show “Hymn to Apollo,” which explores the influence of classical art on Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. (The show is at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World through June 2.) The two works, ch...

ISAW Library
04/22/2019
ISAW Library

ISAW Library

A paper describing the ISAW Library's recent work in creating a geographic search interface has been published in Information Technology and Libraries, the official journal of the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA). The paper, by ISAW's Librarian for Collections & Services Gabriel Mckee, details how the ISAW Library has leveraged Linked Open Data (LOD) to integrate book cataloging, map creation, and bibliographic search.

http://isaw.nyu.edu/library/blog/ital-mapping

ISAW Library
04/22/2019
ISAW Library

ISAW Library

The ISAW Library is proud to announce the launch of the Digital Central Asian Archaeology collection (DCAA), a digital library dedicated to preserving scholarly material about Central Asian history and archaeology and to making it as easily discoverable and as widely accessible as possible.
http://isaw.nyu.edu/library/blog/dcaa-announce

This week’s Object Histories Gallery Talk looked at the Statuette of a Veiled Dancing Woman! We hope it inspires you to ...
04/19/2019

This week’s Object Histories Gallery Talk looked at the Statuette of a Veiled Dancing Woman! We hope it inspires you to break out your dancing shoes this weekend!

Stop by our galleries every Wednesday till May 29th to catch a 20-minute-in-depth discussion of one of the many beautiful objects on view in our exhibition Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes! Can’t make it? We will be sharing them to Instagram and Facebook Live most Wednesday’s as well!

#isawhymntoapollo #balletsrusses #ancientart #ancientartifacts

Thank you to The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU for a beautiful evening of dance and the ancient world!#ISAWHymnt...
04/01/2019
The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU

Thank you to The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU for a beautiful evening of dance and the ancient world!

#ISAWHymntoApollo

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"We were delighted to present "Afternoon of a Faun: Nijinsky, Robbins, and Antiquity" with NYU's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World on Monday, March 25. The evening brought together scholars and artists to explore Afternoon of a Faun in three parts – its classical roots, Nijinsky’s Faun, and Robbins’ Faun. The program included a screening of Nijinsky’s work and a live performance of the Robbins ballet featuring New York City Ballet dancers Lauren Lovette (CBA ’18) and Joseph Gordon.
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For those who were unable to join us or who would like to revisit the program, we are glad to share a video recording of the panelist presentations and discussion in the coming weeks.
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To learn more about CBA’s Spring 2019 programming, please visit our website. >> balletcenter.nyu.edu/events.
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Photos by Erin Baiano."
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#cbanyu

We were delighted to present "Afternoon of a Faun: Nijinsky, Robbins, and Antiquity" with NYU's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World on Monday, March 25. The evening brought together scholars and artists to explore Afternoon of a Faun in three parts – its classical roots, Nijinsky’s Faun, and Robbins’ Faun. The program included a screening of Nijinsky’s work and a live performance of the Robbins ballet featuring New York City Ballet dancers Lauren Lovette (CBA ’18) and Joseph Gordon.
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For those who were unable to join us or who would like to revisit the program, we are glad to share a video recording of the panelist presentations and discussion in the coming weeks.
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To learn more about CBA’s Spring 2019 programming, please visit our website. >> balletcenter.nyu.edu/events.
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Photos by Erin Baiano.
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#cbanyu

Check out BroadwayWorld's article about the upcoming Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung Design Dialogues with Works & Proces...
04/01/2019
Works & Process At The Guggenheim Presents A Costume And Dance Commission

Check out BroadwayWorld's article about the upcoming Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung Design Dialogues with Works & Process at the Guggenheim inspired by ISAW's Exhibition, Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes!!

#ISAWHymntoApollo

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents a Works & Process dance and costume commission by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung with new choreography by Christopher Williams and Netta Yerulshamy in collaboration with NYU's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World's exhib...

03/29/2019
“Hymn to Apollo” - The New Yorker

A glowing review from The New Yorker!!
Check out our "exquisitely curated exhibition, Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes,” on view till June 2nd!!

“Hymn to Apollo” https://www.newyorker.com/goings-on-about-town/dance/hymn-to-apollo via @goingson #isawhymntoapollo #thingstodonyc

From its beginnings, in the Renaissance courts of Europe, the art of ballet has maintained a constant conversation with classicism; its great champion Louis XIV saw himself as a latter-day Apollo. The allure of antiquity was particularly strong for the Ballets Russes, a company founded in the early....

We are looking forward to Lynn Garafola's March 28th exhibition lecture, ‘Pilgrimage to an Imagined West: Antiquity and ...
03/21/2019

We are looking forward to Lynn Garafola's March 28th exhibition lecture, ‘Pilgrimage to an Imagined West: Antiquity and the Early Ballets Russes’. Lynn Garafola is a Professor Emerita of Dance at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her talk will explore the idea of antiquity in the Ballets Russes as an assertion of Western identity amid the exotic splendors of Russianness.

See the link in our bio to register for this lecture and learn about our other upcoming events.

#isawhymntoapollo #balletsrusses #leonbakst #SergeDiaghilev #nycb #thingstodoinnyc #nycarts #barnarddance #barnardcollege #nyu #nijinsky

ISAW is proud to participate in NYU One Day on March 28th, a university-wide day of giving, in support of the Roger Bagn...
03/20/2019

ISAW is proud to participate in NYU One Day on March 28th, a university-wide day of giving, in support of the Roger Bagnall Travel Fund.
This fund enables our doctoral students to travel as an essential part of their training as scholars of the ancient world. Visit our website isaw.nyu.edu to see what our scholars and students are up to!

We hope that you will consider participating in #nyuoneday next week!

#rogerbagnalltravelfund #isawnyu #archaeology #ancientstudies #dayofgiving

Now Open! “Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes” explores a dialogue between ancient and modern in t...
03/06/2019

Now Open! “Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes” explores a dialogue between ancient and modern in the revolutionary work of the legendary Ballets Russes.

On view until June 2nd, our galleries are open Wednesday-Sunday (11am-6pm), Friday (11am-8pm) with Free Guided Tours on Fridays at 6pm.

Keep an eye out for upcoming events with our programming partners: The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, La Maison Française of NYU, and Works & Process at the Guggenheim.

A special thanks to our many lending institutions; Brooklyn Museum, Dansmuseet, Harvard Art Museums, Houghton Library, The Library of Congress, McNay Art Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, NYPL The New York Public Library, Nicholas Roerich Museum, A Private Collection, New York
Professor Boris Stavrovski collection, New York, Penn Museum, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

#ISAWHymntoApollo

Come work with us! The Publications and Interpretative Manager is a key member of our ambitious exhibition team and is r...
02/14/2019
Publications and Interpretive Manager in New York, New York | Careers at US

Come work with us! The Publications and Interpretative Manager is a key member of our ambitious exhibition team and is responsible for shepherding a wide array of exciting curatorial and interpretive materials and exhibition merchandise.

The Publications and Interpretative Manager is a key member of an ambitious exhibition team and is responsible for shepherding a wide array of exciting curatorial and interpretive materials and exhibition merchandise, including exhibition catalogues of high academic and visual caliber, gallery pamph...

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