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18th Annual Jankofsky Lecture

March 2, 2017

A panel discussion on arms and armor - with examples from the Oakeshott Institute collection.

UMD Jankofsky posterThe 18th Annual Jankofsky Lecture will be held from 5:30–7 pm on Tuesday, March 14 in the Kathryn A. Martin Library Rotunda. This event is free and open to the public.

It will feature a panel presentation with Dr. Jeffrey Rop and Dr. Jess McCullough, historians at UMD. The panelists are bringing Medieval arms and armor from the collection of the Oakeshott Institute.

Jeffrey Rop will present Experimental Archaeology and the Battle of Thermopylae.

Taking stock of the latest experimental research on the development, organization, and function of the Greek hoplite phalanx, this talk reevaluates the traditional narrative of the famous Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC. Jeffrey Rop's research focuses on the military and political history of Classical Greece and Achaemenid Persia. He is currently working a monograph titled "The Other Persian Wars: Greek Military Service in the Ancient Near East, 401-330 BCE."

Jess McCullough will present Three Worlds of the Viking Sword

By examining the function of the Viking sword in its material, social, and spiritual contexts, this talk will trace how the sword's physical characteristics shaped its social and spiritual meaning during the Viking Age. Jess McCullough is an historian and archaeologist specializing in the Viking Age and religious change in the Norse North Atlantic.

Sponsored by the Department of English, Linguistics, & Writing Studies and the Department of Geography. Presented by the College of Liberal Arts and the Jankofsky Fund for Medieval & Renaissance Studies.

For info, contact mlarson5@d.umn.edu or call 218-726-8228.

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