Herodian Jerusalem

For the Public
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

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In this slide-illustrated lecture, we survey the history and archaeology of Jerusalem in the Late Second Temple period (late first century B.C.E.–first century C.E.), ending with the city’s destruction by the Romans in 70 C.E.  We focus especially on the reign of Herod the Great, and his reconstruction of the Second Temple and Temple Mount.

About the “Archaeology and Ancient Jewish Life” Series

The Katz Center is pleased to partner with the Penn Museum for this series of talks exploring the archaeology of the ancient Jewish world. From Babylonia to Jerusalem and back again, three speakers look at particular sets of objects and sites, contextualizing them and asking what they can tell us about the Jewish cultures that produced them.


About the image above: Lamp, Penn Museum 32-15-8. Expedition to Beth Shean (Beisan); Clarence Fisher, 1932.


Jodi Magness

Jodi Magness

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jodi Magness is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and past president of the Archaeological Institute of America. The author of 11 books and dozens of articles, she specializes in the archaeology of Palestine in the Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic periods. Since 2011 Magness has directed excavations at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee (huqoq.org).

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Cosponsored by the Penn Museum. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Klatt Family and the Harry Stern Family Foundation.