Ancient Art of South Arabia: The Himyarite Kingdom of Yemen
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- Students will be able to distinguish the art of the Himyarite Era in Yemen from preceding epochs and will gain an appreciation of the rich history and heritage of Arabia Felix.
- Background to the more ancient kingdoms of South Arabia is covered in the course "Gods and Kings: The Art of Ancient Mesopotamia and Arabia," but no other knowledge is strictly necessary- just an open mind!
In most art history surveys, the civilizations of South Arabia are never mentioned, even though the rival the Mesopotamian, Greek, and Roman Empires for architectural, artistic, and technological sophistication for their time. At present however, this obscurity and general state of ignorance has helped the ongoing campaign of the Saudi-led coalition which has targeted historic Yemeni sites from 2013 through the present day as part of a war which has been decried as the worst humanitarian disaster of our century. This free lecture's aim is to spread awareness and education about the rich artistic and archaeological tradition of Yemen by including the Himyarite Kingdom for the first time among the broader narrative of ancient Art History.
- Not only art history students will benefit, but anyone who would like to learn about endangered art history and heritage in Yemen.