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JEWISH STUDIES PROGRAM PRESENTS LECTURE ON JERUSALEM NOV. 13

Date Released: 10/26/2005

The lecture is co-sponsored with the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Westchester Chapter and will take place in Room 1064. Admission is $5, payable at the door; free for members of the Westchester AIA and Purchase college students, faculty and staff. For more information, call 914-251-6516. Jerusalem, whose name to some means the “City of Peace,” has been anything but peaceful during the past four millennia. Besieged on 23 different occasions, attacked an additional 52 times, and completely destroyed twice, Jerusalem has only changed hands peacefully twice in 4,000 years. Egyptians, Israelites, Neo-Assyrians and Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Persians, Moslems and Crusaders have all struggled for a stake in this ever important historical and holy city. Dr. Cline’s lecture will span four millennia and illustrate how archeology, politics and nationalism are linked to this troubled region and how ancient conflicts and archaeology are used for political and military advantages in the modern setting. Dr. Eric H. Cline is associate professor of Classics and Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Classical and Semitic Languages and Literatures at George Washington University, where he is also Director of the GWU Archaeological Field School. He has spent 18 seasons doing archaeological research in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Greece, as well as in other areas of the Middle East. With five books and fifty articles to his credit, including "The Battles of Armageddon: Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear Age," Dr. Cline’s interest in the Ancient Middle East has led him to his new book, "Jerusalem Besieged: From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel" (2004, Univ. Michigan Press), a main selection of the Discovery Channel Book Club. He is a former Fulbright scholar and an award-winning teacher who holds degrees from Dartmouth, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania.