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New publication: D.L. Clayman, Berenice II and the Golden Age of Ptolemaic Egypt

New publication on the topic of Ptolemaic queenship:

Berenice II and the Golden Age of Ptolemaic Egypt

D.L. Clayman (Graduate Center of CUNY)

A mother of six, immensely wealthy and ambitious, Berenice II, daughter of King Magas of Cyrene and wife of Ptolemy III Euergetes, came to embody all the key religious, political, and artistic ideals of Ptolemaic Alexandria. Through she arrived there nearly friendless, with the taint of murder around her, she became one of the most accomplished and powerful of the Macedonian queens descended from the successors of Alexander the Great. Rather exceptionally, she was at the center of a group of important poets and intellectuals associated with the Museum and Library, not the least of which was Callimachus, the most important poet of the age. These men wrote poems not just for her, but about her, and their eloquent voices projected her charisma widely across the Greek-speaking world.


CSAD et Oxford Epigraphy Workshop: Nouvelles Inscriptions

Des nouvelles du CSAD (Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents) qui pourraient intéresser les historiens de la religion hellénistique. L’Oxford Epigraphy Workshop a la semaine dernière reçu une présentation de Denis Rousset sur une stèle inédite et hellénistique du koinon des Geleontes à Claros:
Cette semaine la présentation sera de Charles Crowther au sujet d’un texte de Commagène:

New publication: S.L. Ager and R.A. Faber (eds), Belonging and Isolation in the Hellenistic World

New publication on the topic of cultural contacts and identity in the Hellenistic world:

Belonging and Isolation in the Hellenistic World

Edited by Sheila L. Ager, Riemer and A. Faber (University of Waterloo)

The Hellenistic period was a time of unprecedented cultural exchange. In the wake of Alexander’s conquests, Greeks and Macedonians began to encounter new peoples, new ideas, and new ways of life; consequently, this era is generally considered to have been one of unmatched cosmopolitanism. For many individuals, however, the broadening of horizons brought with it an identity crisis and a sense of being adrift in a world that had undergone a radical structural change. Belonging and Isolation in the Hellenistic World presents essays by leading international scholars who consider how the cosmopolitanism of the Hellenistic age also brought about tensions between individuals and communities, and between the small local community and the mega-community of oikoumene, or ‘the inhabited earth.’ With a range of social, artistic, economic, political, and literary perspectives, the contributors provide a lively exploration of the tensions and opportunities of life in the Hellenistic Mediterranean.

New publication: A. Spalinger and J. Armstrong, Rituals of Triumph in the Mediterranean World

New publication on the topic of festivals, victory and processions:

Rituals of Triumph in the Mediterranean World

Edited by A. Spalinger and J. Armstrong, University of Auckland

New publication: E. Carney, Arsinoe of Egypt and Macedon

New publication on the topic of Hellenistic queenship:

Arsinoe of Egypt and Macedon
A Royal Life

E. Carney, Clemson University

The life of Arsinoë II (c. 316-c.270 BCE), daughter of Ptolemy Soter, the founder of the Ptolemaic dynasty, is characterized by dynastic intrigue. Her marriage to her full brother Ptolemy II, king of Egypt, was the first of the sibling The life of Arsinoë II (c. 316-c.270 BCE), daughter of the founder of the Ptolemaic dynasty, is characterized by dynastic intrigue. Her marriage to her full brother Ptolemy II, king of Egypt, was the first of the sibling marriages that became a dynastic feature of the Ptolemies. With Ptolemy II, she ended her days in great wealth and power. However, prior to that point she was forced to endure two tumultuous marriages, both of which led her to flee for her life. Arsinoë was the model for the powerful role Ptolemaic women gradually acquired as co-rulers of their empire, and her image continued to play a role in dynastic solidarity for centuries to come. Although Arsinoë was the pivotal figure in the eventual evolution of regnal power for Ptolemaic women–and despite a considerable body of recent scholarship across many fields relevant to her life–there has been no up-to-date biography in English of her life. Elizabeth Donnelly Carney, in sifting through the available archaeological and literary evidence, offers here an accessible and reasoned portrait. In describing Arsinoë’s significant role in the courts of Thrace and Alexandria, Carney weaves discussions of earlier Macedonian royal women, the institution of sibling marriage, and the reasons for its longstanding success in Hellenistic Egypt, ultimately providing an expansive view of this integral Hellenistic figure.

New publication: Ch. Frevel and Ch. Nihan (eds), Purity and the Forming of Religious Traditions in the Ancient Mediterranean World …

We would like to draw attention to this new publication on the topic of purity and religious traditions in the Ancient Mediterranean World. Despite the large scope of this work, many contributions deal with purity in the Greek world. Great attention deserves also the contribution of J.F. Quack on purity in Egyptian religion, which will suscitate the interest of scholars in Hellenistic and particularly Ptolemaic religion.

Purity and the Forming of Religious Traditions in the Ancient Mediterranean World and Ancient Judaism

Edited by Christian Frevel (Universität Bonn) and Christophe Nihan (Université de Lausanne)


Call for Papers: Colonial Geopolitics in the Hellenistic (and Roman) East

This call for papers at the Celtic Conference may also interest those working on Hellenistic religion, particularly under the optic of cross-cultural contacts:

Call for papers /Appel à contributions: Celtic Conference in Classics (Edinburgh, June 25-28th, 2014)


“Colonial geopolitics and local cultures in the Hellenistic and Roman East (IIIrd century  B.C. – IIIrd century A.D.) ”

H. Bru (Université de Franche-Comté/ISTA) & A. Dumitru (Metropolitan Library of Bucarest/Cincinnati University)

It seems clear that, in the Greek-speaking regions of the Roman Empire, Hellenistic models (civic, military or institutional) exercised considerable influence over “Italic” colonial projects. Within this field, relations between military colonists and indigenous peoples demand special attention, considering the degree of social, cultural, economic, political and geopolitical transformation brought about by the installation of certain groups upon those lands as a result of the will of the great power(s) that ruled over them.

Some questions, however, are rarely asked: e.g. how did classical colonization influence the homonymous phenomenon from the Hellenistic Age (and, further on, how many aspects of the Hellenistic colonization were kept alive by the Roman founders of cities? Also, since we know now that many “native” cities became poleis by the IInd century B.C. How did this happen exactly? What was the metamorphosis of the native city when turning into a polis ? Was it simply a façade ? How deep – and peaceful – were the required changes?

As for the Roman colonization, modern scholars have often described Roman colonies as vectors of Romanization inserted in alien lands, writing that these communities must have functioned as images of a “small Rome.” While the existence of Latin-speaking colonists ruled by a favorable juridical system such as the Ius Italicum cannot be denied, such a reductionist model can no longer be accepted without qualification, especially in the context of the Greek-speaking provinces of the Roman East. The regions of the Eastern Mediterranean world saw the coming of a number of groups of Roman colonists and thus their cultural climate, their agrarian structures and their geopolitical environment changed. The aim of this panel is to explore new research paths based on broader studies over time and space.

From this perspective, the papers proposed for this panel may address the following issues:

  • the colonial geopolitics promoted by the States;
  • the cultural and social origins of the groups being displaced by the State and established elsewhere as colonists;
  • the social, economic, cultural and military consequences of the colonization over the local populations (e.g. – the loss of agricultural land, the displacement towards desert or mountainous areas, revolts, brigandage, piracy, the way of joining the armies of the States, the way of becoming mercenaries, the strengthening of the indigenous cultural identities);
  • evidences of peaceful coexistence, voluntary or not, as seen through economic, cultural or social aspects (e.g. – where did the colonists get their wives? Did the colonists learn the language of the indigenous people or vice-versa)?
  • (dis)continuities in the colonial practices of the Hellenistic and Roman Ages;
  • documentary methodologies allowing the deepening of knowledge on the indigenous cultures in the colonial context and the phenomena of acculturation;
  • the historical sociology of the colonial territories.

For a full abstract of the panel in both English and French, please see Call for papers.

Contact :

Hadrien Bru (Université de Franche-Comté / Institut des Sciences et Techniques de l’Antiquité) Adrian Dumitru (Metropolitan Library of Bucarest)

XIVe Colloque du CIERGA

Université de Liège – 10-12 octobre 2013

 Pureté et purification en Grèce ancienne

Conceptions et pratiques

 Purity and Purification in the Greek World

Concepts and Practices

En 1983, Robert Parker publiait Miasma: Pollution and Purification in Early Greek Religion. A ce jour, l’ouvrage n’a pas été remplacé et reste le point de départ de toute réflexion sur la pureté et la purification en Grèce ancienne. La rencontre bisannuelle du CIERGA, qui coïncide avec le trentième anniversaire de la parution de Miasma, est l’occasion de faire le point sur cette thématique, de prendre en compte de nouveaux documents et de s’interroger sur de nouvelles approaches.

In 1983, Robert Parker published Miasma: Pollution and Purification in Early Greek Religion. This volume remains unsurpassed and the starting block for current thinking on purity and purification in the ancient Greek world. The biennial meeting of the CIERGA, which coincides with the thirtieth anniversary of Miasma, therefore seems a propitious occasion to take stock of the theme as a whole, to measure the impact of new evidence, as well as to propose new questions or approaches.


New publication: J. Ma, Statues and Cities

New publication on the topic of honours in Hellenistic cities:

Statues and Cities

Honorific Portraits and Civic Identity in the Hellenistic World

John Ma, Corpus Christi College, Oxford 

Why say thank you with a portrait statue? This book combines two different and quite specialized fields, archaeology and epigraphy, to explore the phenomenon of portraits in ancient art within the historical and anthropological context of city-states honouring worthy individuals through erecting statues, and the development of families imitating this practice.
This transaction tells us a lot about the history of these cities and how ancient art worked as a construction of relations during the Hellenistic period (c. 350 BC- c. AD 1), which is marked by a political culture of civic devotion, common decision making, and publicness.
As honorific statues were considered public art, the volume also investigates the workings of images, representations, memory, and the monumental public form of permanent inscription, to see what stories the Hellenistic city-states can reveal about themselves.