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Great Monuments of the Ancient World: Teotihuacan

Evening Program (Session 4 of 4-Session Course) on Zoom

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
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Clockwise: Karnak Temple Complex, Luxor, Egypt; Persepolis in Shiraz, Iran; Parthenon, Athens, Greece; and Teotihuacan pyramids, near Mexico City

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There are 1,121 UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout the world. Each of them offers a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of complex civilizations, empires, and religions. Some, however, are more iconic than others. Historian Justin M. Jacobs offers an in-depth overview of four of the most iconic UNESCO World Heritage sites of the ancient world from Persia to Mesoamerica. Each lavishly illustrated program goes far beyond the typical tourist experience by incorporating the insights of the latest scholarship and research. 

Jacobs, an associate professor of history at American University, is the author of several books, including The Compensations of Plunder: How China Lost Its Treasures. He is currently producing a 24-episode series on UNESCO World Heritage Sites for The Great Courses.

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Located just outside of modern-day Mexico City, the ruins of Teotihuacan serve as a reminder that dense urban civilizations filled with grandiose monuments to wealth and power were not the exclusive preserve of Eurasian empires. Jacobs places the iconic pyramids and temple complexes of Teotihuacan into the history of the settlement of the Americas and development of a distinct form of agriculture and cultural traditions. In addition to analyzing the visible above-ground ruins, he looks at the exciting archaeological discoveries that have in recent decades revolutionized our understanding of the ancient Mesoamerican underworld.

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