Seminar: War and Diplomacy on the Fringes of the Achaemenid Empire

The Department of Archeology and Classical Studies at Stockholm University and the German Archeological Institute is pleased to invite you to the seminar War and Diplomacy on the Fringes of the Achaemenid Empire.

Tracing War. Destruction as an Archaeological Phenomenon in Archaic Asia Minor. Jan Köster (German Archeological Institute)

Following the ancient written sources, first and foremost Herodotus, the cities of western Asia Minor and Cyprus experienced quite turbulent times in the Archaic period. Several supraregional warlike conflicts between Greeks, Phrygians, Lyders and Persians were recorded. Various destructions are expressly mentioned, which are said to have affected both military installations (e. g. city walls during sieges) and civil or sacred facilities (e. g. sanctuaries during looting). For the excavators working in the region, these sources are of great value. If it is possible to link a finding of destruction (or a complete destruction horizon) with one of the traditional, absolutely dated events, a possibly decisive chronological fixed point for the stratigraphy and development of the excavation site (and beyond) is gained. All too often, however, the scientific discussion is prematurely narrowed down to ‘Who was it?’, which is also reflected in terms such as’ Persian destruction’, without having clarified fundamental methodological questions beforehand.

On the Fringes of the Greek (and Persian) World: Alexander I of Macedon. Georgia Galani, Stockholm University

Caught in-between the clash of two worlds, Alexander I ruled the kingdom of Macedon during a period that Greece and Persia had their most intense encounter. Being still at that time part of the Achaemenid Empire, Macedon acted as a geographic, political, and cultural border both to the Greeks and the Achaemenids. This lecture explores Alexander’s obscure personality as it is unveiled in the literary and numismatic evidence.

Time: Friday 2 March, 14:00-16:00

Place: Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Stockholm University, Sal 435, Wallenberglaboratoriet