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Blog Post #70: Deconstructing Orientalization with Jessica Nowlin

For the first blog post in our month-long exploration of “east” and “west,” Jessica Nowlin explores the history of the term “orientalization” in Italy, and how abandoning the term could change how we conceive of the ancient Mediterranean as a whole.

Image of the Month

Gameboard and gaming pieces from an 18th Dynasty tomb in Abydos, Egypt (Cemetery D, Tomb D99). The gameboard and pieces are made of wood and blue faience, a glass-like material made of ground quartz. The board can be laid out to play two different games, Senet (shown in the image) and 20 Squares (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, inv. 01.4.1a).

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