Class Plan

  • Guest lecture by Judith Lerner, Visiting Research Scholar, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU


Frantz Grenet, “Religious Diversity among Sogdian Merchants in Sixth-century China: Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Manichaeism, and Hinduism,”Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 27/2 (2007): 463-478. (BGC | NYU)

A.L. Juliano & J.A. Lerner, eds, Monks and Merchants: Silk Road Treasures from Northern China (New York: Abrams, 2002). (BGC | NYU)

Judith Lerner, “Central Asians in sixth-century China: A Zoroastrian funerary rite,” Iranica Antiqua 30 (1995): 179-90. (BGC | NYU)

Judith Lerner, “Zoroastrian Funerary Beliefs and Practices Known from the Sino-Sogdian Tombs in China,” The Silk Road 9 (2011): 18-25. (BGC | NYU)


Prior to class students are to meet with Professors Balbale and Keramidas about their object and theme interests based on the Smithsonian-provided list.