Michael Barry, “The Persian and Afghan Romance of Alexander the Great, Part I: The Conqueror” March 21, 2016 Share When 21/03/2016 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Add To Calendar Download ICS Google Calendar iCalendar Office 365 Outlook Live Where Trustee Ballroom 1 Silber Way, 9th Floor, Boston, MA, 02215 Loading Map.... Trustee Ballroom1 Silber Way, 9th Floor - BostonEvents 42.3497046 -71.0999554 Alexander the Great, setting out to conquer the Persian Empire in 334 BC, lamented over Achilles’ tomb at Troy that he enjoyed no Homer to sing his exploits. In fact, Alexander or “Iskandar” found his Homer, and Virgil too, more than a thousand years later in the Persianate world’s two greatest epic poets, Firdawsî and Nizâmî – illustrated by the finest miniaturists throughout the lands that are today Iran, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and India – in an extraordinary mythical transformation of sober history into a tale of unwitting fratricide and then divine redemption through universal empire: with Alexander learning that he is the secret half-brother to Darius, whose daughter he weds to reconcile all kingdoms, all peoples. “The Persian and Afghan Romance of Alexander the Great, Part I: The Conqueror” Dr. Michael Barry Princeton University Monday, March 21, 2016 at 6:00 PM Boston University, Trustee Ballroom, 1 Silber Way, 9th Floor Open to the public. Free with registration: https://goo.gl/yfpGfZ Sponsored by the Association for Central Asian Civilizations & Silk Road (ACANSRS), the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies (AIAS), the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies & Civilizations (SMSC) and Mizan Project. *”The Persian and Afghan Romance of Alexander the Great, Part II: The Seeker” will take place at Harvard University on March 22 at 6 pm in the Belfer Case Study Room located at 1730 Cambridge St.