Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host archaeologist Amélie Kuhrt Thurs., April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Knox Room, Long Hall. Kuhrt, professor emerita of ancient Near Eastern history at University College London and general editor of Writings from the Ancient World Supplement series will present “Achaemenid Visions of Empire.”

The Achaemenid empire was created in the space of fewer than 30 years and dominated, with considerable success, a region stretching from Central Asia to the Aegean for around 200 years. How did the Persian ruling elite visualize their immense power? How was that vision expressed?

In this talk, Kuhrt will present a discussion of the Persians’ own image of their domain by concentrating on monuments and inscriptions from their royal centers and leaving aside the stories of outsiders, such as Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Jews.

The Bible Lands Museum will be open 6:30-7:15 p.m. and after the lecture. The lecture and reception to follow are free and open to the public. Contact the Museum with questions at 412-924-1395.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa., and more than 300 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.