King Zimri-Lim ruled from Mari (on the Euphrates roughly where Syria meets Iraq) around 1760 BCE, just about the time his ally, Hammurabi of Babylon, was preparing his famous Code of Law. The archives Zimri-Lim left behind consist of 15,000 cuneiform tablets, including very personal letters exchanged among the king's immediate family, many of whom were women. With them, we may observe how women created influential places for themselves in a world otherwise dominated by men.
About Programs at the Ancient Art Council
Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.
September 29, 2012, 9:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Women of Mari: Queens, Wives, Brides, and Daughters in 18th-Century BC Mesopotamia
Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor
Presented by Dr. Jack Sasson, Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible, Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion, Vanderbilt University
Admission: Free / AAC members; suggested donations of $5 / non-AAC members