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228 pages

38 figures, 4 maps, 3 tables, 7 charts, 17 plates (colour throughout)

Published Dec 2021

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789699821

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Hellenistic; Roman; Near East; Geopolitics; Colonization

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Colonial Geopolitics and Local Cultures in the Hellenistic and Roman East (3rd century BC – 3rd century AD)

Géopolitique coloniale et cultures locales dans l’Orient hellénistique et romain (IIIe siècle av. J.-C. – IIIe siècle ap. J.-C.)

Edited by Hadrien Bru, Adrian George Dumitru, Nicholas Sekunda

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What changes in the material culture can we observe, when a state is overwhelming a local population with soldiers, katoikoi, and civil officials or merchants? What were the mutual influences between native and colonial cultures? This collection addresses these questions and many more, focusing on the Hellenistic and Roman East.



Introduction ;

Part 1: Territories and colonial settlements ;
Hellenistic colonization and local culture in Commagene and Northern Cyrrhestice – Margherita Facella ;
The territory of Hierapolis in Phrygia after the Greek colonization and some remarks on Nikaia in Bithynia and Apollonia in Pisidia: the evidence from archaeological surveys and satellite remote sensing – Giuseppe Scardozzi ;
On The Treaty of Apamea. The territorial clause – Adrian Dumitru ;
The nature of Attalid katoikiai (188-133 BC) – Nicholas Sekunda ;
Les Thraces et Lyciens en Phrygie Parorée aux époques hellénistique et romaine – Hadrien Bru ;

Part 2: Economics and imperial domination ;
The introduction of Hellenic cults in Seleukid Syria: colonial appropriation and transcultural exchange in the creation of an Imperial landscape – Rolf Strootman ;
Les relations entre les Thraces et les cités grecques de la mer Noire : conflits, alliances, transferts institutionnels – Adrian Robu ;
Late cistophoric production during the Mithridatic Wars: a comparison between the mints of Ephesus and Tralles – Lucia Francesca Carbone ;
Regional currencies within an empire. Bronze coinages of Greece and Asia at the time of the Roman conquest: a case of partial monetary convergence – Gilles Bransbourg ;

Part 3: Indigenous cultures and colonial contacts ;
Decolonizing the Indo-Greeks – Richard Wenghofer ;
Entre perte d’autonomie, acculturation et intégration : les incolae de la colonie romaine de Dion – Julien Demaille ;
Paus. X. 23. 14 on the Galatians’ Passage to Asia: lost in translation – Oleg Gabelko ;
Les chrétiens d’Asie Mineure et l’évangélisation du Barbaricum danubien (IIIe-IVe siècles). Des relations assez mal connues – Attila Jakab ;

Part 4: Forms of military presence ;
Soldiers and Hellenism: recruitment in the Hellenistic militaries – D.J. Houle ;
Germanicus, Trajan, and the date of Annals 1-6 – Katherine Low ;
Two military camps on the Roman Limes: Dura-Europos and Novae (an example of Roman Imperial propaganda through official state religion) – Oleg Alexandrov ;
The political propaganda of the cities of Thrace and the Asianic provinces. Some aspects of interactions (A preliminary study) – Ivo Topalilov ;

Indices ;
Geographical index ;
Index of personal names ;
Cultural, historical, geographical and political communities ;

About the Author

Hadrien Bru is a French historian and epigrapher working on Hellenistic and Roman Anatolia and Near East, Maître de Conférences HDR in Ancient History at the University of Bourgogne-Franche Comté (Besançon). His notable publications include: L’Asie Mineure dans l’Antiquité : échanges, populations et territoires (2009), Le pouvoir impérial dans les provinces syriennes. Représentations et célébrations d’Auguste à Constantin (31 av. J.-C.-337 ap. J.-C.) (2011), L’Anatolie des peuples, cités et cultures (IIe millénaire av. J.- C.-Ve siècle ap. J.-C.) (2013) and La Phrygie Parorée et la Pisidie septentrionale aux époques hellénistique et romaine. Géographie historique et sociologie culturelle (2017). ;

Adrian George Dumitru is a Romanian historian of the Hellenistic world. He holds a PhD from the Universities of Bucharest and Paris IV Sorbonne and his research focuses principally on the Seleucid kingdom and the city of Byzantion. He is the author of a number of papers dedicated to those subjects (his most recent deals with the neglected topic of the tyrants of the Hellenistic Near East) and he also teaches seminars on Roman history at the University of Bucharest. ;

Nicholas V. Sekunda holds a PhD from Manchester University. He has held research positions at Monash University in Melbourne and at the Australian National University in Canberra. He currently holds the post of Head of Department of Mediterranean Archaeology at Gdansk University. He has participated in excavations in England, Poland, Iran, Greece, Syria and Jordan, and now co-directs excavations at Negotino Gradište in the Republic of North Macedonia. Nicholas is the author of a number of books concerning Greek Warfare.


'Like many edited volumes, then, the work under review will be of value to readers not as a collection of interrelated studies, but as a home to individual articles that must be consulted as part of one’s scholarly due diligence. The production value is quite good, with few noticeable errors and a significant number of helpful images, maps, and tables to assist in comprehending the arguments.' – Jeremy LaBuff (2023): Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Ultimately, the book is also interesting reading for the current question of colonialism, especially in archaeology. Colonialism is not only a modern problem, but also an ancient one.’ [translated] – W. Zwickel, Mainz (2023): ZAW Bücherschau 135/3