Culture and Ideology under the Seleucids: An Interdisciplinary Approach

29 March 2019 - 31 March 2019

All Day

Australian Hearing Hub, Level 1, Lecture Theatre 1.200, 16 University Avenue, Macquarie University

The renewed interest in Seleucid studies in the past two decades, anticipated by Andreas Mehl and his Seleukos Nikator und sein Reich (1986), has certainly restored its early obscure scholarly profile as a dynasty that spiralled into decline soon after the death of its founder (E.R. Bevan, 1902, The House of Seleucus, 1.76).

More recently, the appreciation and sensitivity of the Seleucids to the cultural symbols and traditions of the regions they ruled has attracted significant scholarly attention. Equally, Seleucid archaeology has made huge strides, not only in the Levant, Turkey and Central Asia, but also in Syria and Mesopotamia.

We now think it is time to enrich the scholarly debate on the Seleucids by inviting voices from all disciplines studying the Seleucid phenomenon to contribute to it.

The conference seeks to bring together historians, archaeologists, epigraphists and other scholars interested in the cultural ideologies that shaped the character of Seleucid rulership from its foundation to its end.

Our aim is to initiate an interdisciplinary network of scholars interested in the Seleucids so that this conference can be repeated every two years in universities across the world and pave new lines of communication and new research agendas across disciplines.

The Seleucids were proud of their mixed cultural background and therefore, to be able to appreciate them we need to expand our lenses of studying them.

Invited Speakers Include:
• Paul-Alain Beaulieu (University of Toronto)
• Rachel Mairs (University of Reading)
• Andreas Mehl (MLU Halle-Wittenberg)
• Daniel Ogden (University of Exeter)
• Stefan Pfeiffer (MLU Halle-Wittenberg)

Tickets are available now, register online. We hope to see you there.


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Event contact

Eva Anagnostou

(02) 9850 8778