During the Early Dynastic period in Mesopotamia and Syria, queens played important roles, alongside kings, in governing city-states. This talk by Amanda Podany, Professor Emeritus of History, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, will focus on Baranamtara of Lagash (c. 2400 BC) and Tabur-damu of Ebla (c. 2300 BC), and will explore their roles in administration, diplomacy, and religion. The talk will also examine the veneration of queens, in the form of their statues, after death.
These queens are among the individuals discussed in Podany's new book Weavers, Scribes, and Kings: A New History of the Ancient Near East (OUP 2022), copies of which she will be signing after the talk.
The exhibition She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia ca. 3400-2000 BC will be open at 5:30 PM for program attendees.
The event will take place in the Morgan's Gilder Lehrman Hall. By entering the museum, you agree to our updated Visitor Guidelines and Policies. Masks are required for attending all public programs.