Persepolis: Images of an Empire

Special Exhibit

October 13, 2015 – September 3, 2017


Drones over the Desert: Archaeology and Aerial Photography

Special Exhibit (Lower Level)

November 22, 2016 – ongoing


Lecture by Lindsay Allen on "The Stones of Persepolis"

Dr. Lindsay Allen, Lecturer in Greek and Near Eastern History, King's College London, will give a lecture about "The Stones of Persepolis: Dissemination, Excavations, and Reconstruction" on Wednesday, August 30th, at 7:00 pm in Breasted Hall at the Oriental Institute.

Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017

Oriental Institute to Host the 10th International Congress of Hittitology

The University of Chicago and the Oriental Institute have the honor to host the 10th International Congress of Hittitology, the triennial gathering of Hittitologists and Anatolianists. The meeting will be held in Chicago, USA, from August 28th through September 1st, 2017. The theme of this meeting is “The Next 100 Years.”

Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mace Head Misidentified as a Fidget Spinner

A photo of this object, currently on display in our Mesopotamian Gallery, was included in a tweet that recently went viral on the internet with nearly 100,000 likes – and counting. The tweet mistakenly identified the artifact as an early version of the modern-day fidget spinner. It is actually a mace head from ancient Mesopotamia.

Posted on Thursday, August 3, 2017

New Book by Clifford Ando and Seth Richardson Explores the Ancient State

A new book edited by Clifford Ando, David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Humanities and Professor of Classics, History, Law and in the College, and Seth Richardson, Research Associate and Managing Editor of the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, explores "the ways in which early states built their territorial, legal, and political powers before they had the capabilities to enforce them" across three continents.

Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2017