From c. 550 to 150 BCE, the Persian and Macedonian empires successfully united the great land mass between India and the Mediterranean. How did they do this? Using a few selected case studies from the Seleukid Empire, this lecture will examine the role of the dynastic court in creating political and cultural cohesion among disparate elites over large geographical spaces.
Rolf Strootman is Associate Professor at Universiteit Utrecht. He is an authority on the history of the Near East in the Hellenistic period. Dr Strootman is author of Courts and Elites in the Hellenistic Empires: The Near East after the Achaemenids, 330-30 BCE (Edinburgh, 2014) and The Birdcage of the Muses: Patronage of the Arts and Sciences at the Ptolemaic Imperial Court, 305-222 BCE (Leuven, forthcoming 2017).
This workshop forms part of the SSHRC project ‘The Roman Imperial Court: Methods, Models, and Materials’. The workshop organizers are grateful to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for financial support.