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Online Lecture: Gold and Silver of Peru — Tears of Gods, Greed of the Spaniards

Program No. 24380RJ
Join us on Monday, Sept. 11, 2023, at 12 p.m. (ET)/ 9 a.m. (PT), for a one-hour lecture and Q&A about the different views of wealth between the ancient Peruvians and the Spanish.
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At a Glance

Join historian Oscar Oviedo Velasco for an insightful look at how Pre-Incan and Incan societies viewed wealth, a contrast to their European contemporaries. Ancient Peruvians had a deep respect for Mother Earth's gifts while Spanish conquerors preferred gold and silver. The Peruvian cultures used these metals for ceremonial purposes as offerings for their gods and for social distinction, since only those related to the gods could wear metal objects. For thousands of years, the most beautiful pieces were made to embellish temples, palaces and the nobles. In this lecture, you’ll learn about this ancient Peruvian art and discover their most important techniques, some of which were totally unknown in the rest of the world at the time. Lastly, Oscar will analyze the huge impact the Peruvian metals had in the economy of Spain and the rest of the world for almost 300 years of Spanish colonization.

General Notes

Your online lecture will take place live over the course of 1-2 hours. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly. This live online experience uses Zoom Webinar, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. You will receive a confirmation email when you enroll, and a reminder email one week and one day before, as well as the morning of the event with a link and instructions on how to tune in. You will not be pictured on screen during the lecture, but you will have the opportunity to ask the instructor live questions using the Q&A box. Unless otherwise noted, all those who enroll in this program receive access to the live event as well as a recording of the lecture that you can watch any time within the two weeks following the live event.

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