Class Plan

  • Guest lecture by Sören Stark, Assistant Professor of Central Asian art and Archaeology, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU (BGC Fifth Floor classroom)

Readings

Boris Marshak, Legends, Tales and Fables in the Art of Sogdiana (New York: Bibliotheca Persica Press, 2002). (BGC | NYU)

  • Skim the whole book, reading the introduction, chapter 1 and the conclusion especially carefully. To think about: What characterizes Sogdian art? How does it relate to the broader artistic traditions of the period? What are the major themes it presents?
  • Are there objects or images in this book that are NOT in our Omeka collection already that you think belong there?

Sören Stark, “Luxurious Necessities: Some observations on foreign commodities and nomadic polities in 6th to 9th century Central Asia,” in Complexity of Interaction along the Eurasian Steppe Zone in the First Millennium AD, ed. J. Bemmann and M. Schmauder (Vor- und Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, 2015), pp. 463-502. (BGC | NYU)