Ancient Near Eastern Empires
Centre of Excellence 2018–25
Empires shape human societies, with legacies that last longer than the regimes themselves. Social group identities and lifeways in the ancient and modern worlds alike are inseparable from their imperially-shaped context. The ancient Near East, as the home of the world’s earliest empires and scripts, offers a unique dataset for understanding these dynamics. To date, these empires have been treated in relative isolation. Instead, the Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires (ANEE) asks: How do changing imperial dynamics impact social group identities and lifeways over a long period of time? ANEE marshals a cross-disciplinary arsenal of methods and scholars, working through the periods of Neo-Assyrian, Neo-Babylonian, Persian, Hellenistic, and early Roman/Parthian control, overcoming the very real challenge of dialogue between ancient historians, archaeologists and social scientists.
The Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires is led by Dr. Saana Svärd (director; leader of Team 1), Dr...
The Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires investigates dialectical identity-building processes with three interlocking...
Save the Date: History of Emotions Symposium, Helsinki, 7–8 November 2018
The History of Emotions Symposium will be organised by the Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires (University of Helsinki) and the...
ANEE Research Information in Arabic
We are happy to announce that several pages of our website are available now in Arabic, too.
First Annual Meeting of ANEE to be organized in early October
The ANEE researchers are planning their first Annual Meeting to be organized in October 6-7, 2018 in Helsinki. The summer will be spent...
From the Researcher’s Pen
Wrap up: Masterclass in Achaemenid Elamite in Helsinki, 16–20 April 2018
A special event in April was an intensive course in Achaemenid Elamite given by Wouter Henkelman from the École Pratique des Hautes Études,...
AMME Seminar on the Early Christianity in Cultural Evolution (Helsinki, 15 May 2018)
The May meeting of the Ancient and Medieval Middle East (AMME) seminar features Petri Luomanen and prof. Philip Harland (York University).