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Previous events (F2015- )

Thu 21 Oct
19:00-20:00 | Godsbanen, Skovgaardsgade 3 F, 8000, Aarhus C, Denmark.
POSTPONED: Faglitterær Salon i Aarhus - et eksklusivt interview med Rubina Raja
Interview with Professor Rubina Raja (in Danish).
Wed 13 Oct
19:00-21:15 | Chr. Hansen Auditoriet, Bartholinsgade 4A, 1356 København K, Denmark (Building 34.0.01)
Vindue til fortiden: Palmyra og vikinger
Lecture at the Natural History Museum of Denmark by Centre Director Professor Rubina Raja and Deputy Director Professor Søren M. Sindbæk.
Mon 11 Oct
13:00-17:00 | Moesgaard Museum, Moesgaard Allé 15, 8270 Højbjerg, building 4240, room 301 (enter through back of building) + online
Exchange and Reuse: Economy and Circularity at Roman Palmyra
Workshop organised by Professor Nathanael Andrade (University of Binghamton) and Professor Rubina Raja (Aarhus University).
Mon 04 Oct
14:15-15:30 | he AIAS Auditorium and online (HYBRID)
A City in a Desert: What can we learn about urban resilience from ancient Palmyra?
AIAS Seminar by AIAS Fellow and Postdoc Iza Romanowska.
Sat 04 Sep
10:00-12:00 | Grand Teatret, Mikkel Bryggers Gade 8, 1460 København K, Denmark.
The 1001 faces of Palmyra
Danish premiere of the documentary "The 1001 faces of Palmyra" (Les visages oubliés de Palmyre) during the festival Golden Days.

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Palmyra Portrait Project Lecture Series (F2013-S2015)


Antikmuseet, Viktor Albecks Vej 3, 8000 Aarhus C

25.02.15: Udstillingsåbning på Antikmuseet: Harald Ingholt og Palmyra

17.04.15: Harald Ingholts arkæologiske undersøgelser i Palmyra og Hama
Foredragsholder: Peder Mortensen, Adjungeret Professor, Københavns Universitet

05.05.15: Franz Cumont, Palmyra and Dura-Europos
Foredragsholder: Ted Kaizer, Dr. Durham University

02.06.15: Johannes Pedersen, Harald Ingholt og dansk orientalistiks mange facetter
Foredragsholder: Jørgen Bæk Simonsen, Professor, Københavns Universitet

Antikmuseet, Viktor Albecks Vej 3, 8000 Aarhus C

7.10.14: Das Ende der Antiken Idealstatue - hvad skulptur kan fortælle om et samfund i forandring
Foredragsholder: Niels Hannestad, Professor (emeritus), Aarhus Universitet

4.11.14: Hvor skulptur og maling mødes: Teknik og stil i bemalingen af romerske portrætter fra 1.-3. årh. e.kr.
Foredragsholder: Amalie Skovmøller, ph.-d.-stipendiat, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

2.12.14: Palmyras banketbilletter: religiøse grupper og rituel kultur i en oaseby                      
Foredragsholder: Prof. Dr. Rubina Raja, Aarhus Universitet, Leder af Palmyra Portræt Projektet

Antikmuseet, Viktor Albecks Vej 3, 8000 Aarhus C

4.2.14:  What constitutes a Portrait in the Ancient World
Foredragsholder: Tracey Long, post.doc., Palmyra Portræt Projektet, Aarhus Universitet

4.3.14: Palmyra and its Eastern trade in a Eurasian perspective, 1st–3rd cent. CE Foredragsholer: Kasper Grønlund Evers, ph.-d.-stipendiat, Københavns Universitet

8.4.14: Females in Palmyra
Foredragsholder: Signe Krag, ph.-d.-stipendiat, Palmyra Portræt Projektet, Aarhus Universitet

6.5.14: A ‘notable palmyrenien': Septimius Worod
Foredragsholder: Tommaso Gnoli, Professor, University of Bologna

10.6.14: The Palmyrene diaspora and the history of trade
Foredragsholder: Jean-Baptiste Yon, Dr. Researcher, Laboratoire HISOMA - Histoire et Sources des Mondes Antiques, Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée Lyon

Antikmuseet, Viktor Albecks Vej 3, 8000 Aarhus C

1.10.13: Zenobia, Palmyra’s flerkulturelle dronning
Foredragsholder: Finn Ove Hvidberg-Hansen, professor emeritus, Aarhus Universitet

23.10.13: Skønheden fra Palmyra: Farver på et gravportræt fra Palmyra
Foredragsholder: Jan Stubbe Østergaard, museumsinspektør, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

19.11.13: Vægmalerier fra grave i Palmyra
Foredragsholder: Annette Højen Sørensen, post doc, Palmyra Portræt Projektet, Aarhus Universitet

19.12.13: Palmyra on the Euphrates? Or: ten days in the life of Dura-Europos
Foredragsholder: Ted Kaizer, senior lecturer, Durham University, England

Previous seminars (2014)

Seminar on Palmyrene portraiture

Date: 28 May 2014

Aarhus University and Aarhus Institute for Advanced Studies
The Palmyra Portrait Project

Organised by:
Rubina Raja and Ted Kaizer


  • Introduction to the project and presentation on Priestly Representations in Palmyra, Rubina Raja
  • Language, topography and religion at Palmyra,Ted Kaizer
  • Palmyra and Parthian art – some preliminary thoughts, Stefan Hauser
  • The Tomb of the Three Brothers, Annette Højen Sørensen
  • Portraiture in Roman Syria, Lukasz Sokolowski
  • The tomb of Artaban – family constellations, Esther Schallenberg
  • The tomb of Shallamallat – dating the portraits, Marie-Claire Scheider
  • The tomb of Zabd’ateh and Moqîmû – the question of individuality in portraiture and reconstructing a plundered tomb, Martin Kolb

Roman Dress in the context of Palmyra

- A joint seminar between the The Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Textile Research and the Palmyra Portrait Project
Hosted by the Palmyra Portrait Project at Aarhus University

Date: 1 May 2014

Location: Richard Mortensenstuen, Studenternes hus


  • Introduction to the workshop by Prof. Rubina Raja, director of the Palmyra Portrait Project (PPP)
  • Rubina Raja, Prof., PPP: “Dressing up for religious action: Priestly dress in Palmyra”
  • Annette Højen Sørensen, postdoc, PPP: “Achilles’ new clothes – wall paintings as expressions of dress culture in Palmyra”
  • Annette Schieck, Director, Textile Museum Krefeld: "Depicting material qualities in Palmyrene limestone sculpture”
  • Berit Hildebrandt, Marie Curie Fellow, CTR: “Roman imperial luxury dress”
  • Signe Krag, Ph.D.-fellow, PPP: “Textiles and drapery in Palmyrene female portrait busts”
  • Tracey Long, postdoc, PPP: “Parthian robes as the costume of choice in the Palmyrene funerary portraits”
  • Christopher Degelmann, Ph.D.-fellow, Lived Ancient Religion, ERC project, University of Erfurt: “Roman mourning clothes in the literary sources”

AIAS Fellow Seminar

15 April 2014 at 2pm: Ted Kaizer, AIAS Dale T. Mortensen senior Fellow, Language, Topography and Religion at Palmyra. AIAS (Building 1630), conference room (room 101).

The Palmyra Portrait Project

- Joint seminar between the Palmyra Portrait Project, Aarhus University (Rubina Raja), and Klassische Archäologie, LMU (Rolf Schneider). 
Hosted by the Royal Academy of Sciences and Letters, 26-27 February 2014  

Previous workshops (S2012-F2014)

Positions and Professions in Palmyra: Part Two: Professions

Date: 25 November 2014

Location: Aarhus University


  • Dr. Eivind Heldaas Seland (University of Bergen): The iconography of Palmyrene caravan trade
  • Prof. Dr. Rubina Raja (Director, Palmyra Portrait Project, Aarhus University): Performing priesthood in Palmyra: the funerary portraits
  • Dr. Eleonora Cussini (Universita Ca’Foscari Venezia): The Pious Butcher and the Physicians. Palmyrene Professions in Context
  • Prof. Dr. Tommaso Gnoli (Università di Bologna): "Excuse me, where is the doctor?" Unattested professionals in Palmyra
  • Dr. Annette Højen Sørensen and Dr. Tracey Long (Palmyra Portrait Project, Aarhus University): Positions and Professions in Palmyra– two sides of the same coin?

Positions and Professions in Palmyra: Part One: Positions,

Date: 23 September 2014

Location: Aarhus University


  • Dr. Vesta Curtis (Curator, Dept. of Coins and Medals. British Museum): Parthian haute couture at Palmyra
  • Dr. Tracey Long (Postdoc. Aarhus University): Parthian costume and otium in Palmyra
  • Dr. Glenys Davies (Senior Lecturer. University of Edinburgh): The body language of Palmyra and Rome.
  • Signe Krag (PhD Student, Aarhus University): The use of jewellery in Palmyrene female portraits


Local Traditions in Portrait Sculpture in the Roman Near East

Date: 13 March 2014

Location: Aarhus University


  • Tracey Long: Origins and influences of female portrait sculpture in early imperial Aphrodisias
  • Sanne Klaver: Representations of women in Dura-Europos: Paintings as a mirror for a woman's identity
  • Uwe Mahler: Marble portraits of Greek and Roman Syria - A survey of the current state of research
  • Elise A. Friedland: Portraits and "not-portraits" in Palmyrene Votive Reliefs
  • Rubina Raja: Funerary portraits in Palmyra between local identities and imperial trends
  • Signe Krag: Cultural traditions in Palmyrene female portraiture

Workshop on sculptural techniques

- with Will Wootton and Ben Russell from the project Art of Making

Copenhagen, June 2012 

Previous conferences (F2013-S2015)

Palmyra and the Mediterranean

Date: 26-27 January 2015

Location: The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Copenhagen

The World of Palmyra

Date: 16-18 December 2013

Location: The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Copenhagen  

Palmyra and the Mediterranean 2015 - Flyer
Palmyra and the Mediterranean 2015 - Programme
The World of Palmyra 2013 - Poster
The World of Palmyra 2013 - Flyer
The World of Palmyra 2013 - Programme
The World of Palmyra, Participants 2013 (Photo: C. Leurini)