CONFERENCE PROGRAM AND ITINERARY

ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies:

fifty First International Conference

The Decapolis: History & Archaeology

Programme

MONDAY, JULY 25, 2022

(Venue: The Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane)

Chairperson: Dr. John D. Wineland (University of the Cumberlands)

09:00-09:45 Dr. Bernhard Lucke (FAU Erlangen–Nürnberg)

The seven seals of Apocalypse. Landscape change in the Decapolis region at the end of Antiquity.”

09:45-10.30 Dr. Renate Rosenthal-Heginbottom (Germany)

On Function and Meaning of «λεοντάρια» (leontaria) in the Decapolis.”

10:30-11:00 Tea/coffee

11:00-11:45 Prof. Chaim Ben David (Kinneret College)

All the roads are leading to Scythopolis – The six Roman roads leading to Scythopolis.”

11:45-12:30 Dr. Nahum Ben-Yehuda (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)

“The linen industries of Scytopolis and Jerash – Manufacture and trade. Information from Rabbinical and imperial literature, and archaeological finds. Some new questions and proposed answers.”

12:30-13:15 Dr. Stephanie Becht (Universistät Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany)

The temple of Zeus in Jerash.”

13:15-15:30 Lunch (in the City Centre)

15:30-16:00 Tea/coffee (at the Oriental Institute)

Chairperson: Dr. Michael Eisenberg (University of Haifa, Israel)

16:00-16:45 Prof. Zeev Weiss (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

“The Synagogue-Church at Gerasa Revisited.”

16:45-17:30 Dr. David D. Boyer (The University of Western Australia)

Gerasa’s Nymphaeum: A reappraisal of its history and function.”

17:30-18:15 Dr. Stefana Cristea (National Museum of Banat Timişoara)

Lucius Aemilius and the gods he inherited from Gerasa.”

18:15-19:00 Dr. Viktor Humennyi (Ivan Franko National University of Lviv)

Associations of Gerasa in the 1-3rd centuries CE: social, political and religious context.”

TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2022

(Venue: The Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane)

Hippos and its Territorium

Chairperson: Dr. Renate Rosenthal-Heginbottom (Germany)

09:00-09:45 Dr. Adam Pažout (The Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa, Israel, and the Centre for Urban Network Evolutions, Aarhus University, Denmark)

Rural fortifications and settlement patterns in the southern Golan: A Geospatial approach to reconstruct the Territory of Antiochia-Hippos.”

09:45-10:30 Dr. Mechael Osband (Kinneret Academic College on the Sea of Galilee and the University of Haifa)

“Rural life in the hinterland of Hippos-Sussita of the Decapolis in the Roman period, the evidence from the village of Majduliyya.”

10:30-11:00 Tea/Coffee

11:00-11:45 Dr. Michael Eisenberg (The Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa, Israel, and the German Protestant Institute of Archaeology)

“The Extra-Muros Compound and the Saddle Necropolis at Antiochia Hippos.”

11:45-12:30 Prof. Mark Schuler (Concordia University, Saint Paul) and Mr. Patrick Scott Geyer (University of San Diego)

“The Materia Medica of monastic health care at Hippos Palaistinēs.”

12:30-13:15 Ms. Jessica Rentz (PhD Candidate, Catholic University of America)

The Martyrion of Theodoros at the ‘Burnt Church’ in Hippos.”

13:15-15:30 Lunch (in the City Centre)

15:30-16:00 Tea/coffee (at the Oriental Institute)

Chairperson: Dr. Bernhard Lucke (FAU Erlangen–Nürnberg)

16:00-16:45 Dr. Arleta Kowalewska (The Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa)

Roman and Byzantine Bathhouses in the Region of the Decapolis.”

16:45-17:30 Dr.-Ing. Claudia Bührig (German Archaeological Institute) and Dr. Heike Möller (German Archaeological Institute)

Settlment dynamics in and around Gadara.”

17:30-18:15 Mrs. Friederike Schöpf (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University, Frankfurt a. Main)

A Jewish settlement in the Chora of Gadara? The case of Tall Zirāʽa during the late Hellenistic settlement in the Chora of Gadara.”

18:15-19:00 Mrs. Brita Jansen (University of Bremen, Hamburg)

“Hellenistic Gadara in the mirror of its fortifications.

19:00-22:00: Banquet

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2022

(Venue: The Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane)

Chairperson: Prof. Mark Schuler (Concordia University, Saint Paul)

09:00-09:45 Dr. Naḥum Ben-Yehuda (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)

The linen industries of Scytopolis and Jerash – manufacture and trade. Information from rabbinical and Imperial literature, and archaeological finds. Some new questions and proposed answers.”

09:45-10:30 Prof. Lihi Habas (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

THE Menas Ampula from Road 3, Israel – Evidence of the pilgrim traffic from Egypt to the Holy Land.”

10:30-11:00 Tea/Coffee

11:00-11:45 Dr Gabriel Mazor (Israel Antiquity Authority)

“Monasticism at Nysa Scythopolis – a Greek City of Coele Syria.”

11:45-12:30 Ms. Nora Voß (PhD candidate, University of Vienna)

Imported Cooking and Fine Ware from the Decapolis Region.

A comparative study.”

12:30-13:15 Dr. Yael Epstein (University of Bar-Ilan, Israel)

“Decapolis and Medicine: Beth Shean as a Case Study.”

13:15-15:30 Lunch (in the City Centre)

15:30-16:00 Tea/coffee (at the Oriental Institute)

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16:00-16:45 Prof. Lihi Habas (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) & Mrs. Annette Landes-Nagar (Bar-Ilan University and Israel Antiquity Authority)

A ROMAN MARBLE SCULPTURE BASE FROM THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM..”

16:45-17:30 Prof. Tziona Grossmark (Tel Hai College)

The encounter between Jews and Gentiles in the city of Nysa-Scythopolis during the Roman and Byzantine periods.”

17:30-18:15 Dr. Andrew Oddy (United Kingdom)

DID THE DECAPOLIS SURVIVE THE ARAB CONQUEST OF GREATER SYRIA? A NUMISMATIC PERSPECTIVE.”

18:15-19:00 Dr. Robert W. Smith (Mid-Atlantic Christian University)

Loyalty to Roman Emperors at Abila of the Decapolis.”

19:00 Conference ends

ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies:

Fifty First International Conference

THE DECAPOLIS:

HISTORY & ARCHAEOLOGY

The Oriental Institute

Oxford University

25-27 July 2022