The Nativity scene is one of the most quintessential images of the Christmas season. But where did it come from, and did it always look the way it does today? Follow along with Peopling the Past member, Dr. Sabrina Higgins, expert in early Christian art and iconography, as she traces the strange and wondrous emergence of the Nativity scene in antiquity.
Dr. Katherine Blouin discusses the cult of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt, including the worship of Isis beyond Egypt and the textual evidence provided in the “Hymn to Isis” recovered from the site of Oxyrhynchus.
On this episode of the Peopling the Past Podcast, we are joined by Sanchita Balachandran, Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum.
Listen in, as she speaks to us about the sensory experience of ancient potters and painters, her experimental archaeology project at Johns Hopkins, and the underdrawings on Greek painted pottery.