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. (Above photo by Abdullah Alanzy, Wikimedia, CC BY 4.0.)
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...
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Marta Lorenzon’s new co-authored article “Mudbricks, Construction Methods, and Stratigraphic Analysis: A Case Study at Tell Timai (Ancient...
Masculinities in the State Arts of the Neo-Assyrian Empire
On 23 January 2020, Omar N’Shea from the University of Malta presented his research on ancient masculinities at the Ancient and Medieval Middle...
CfP: Cultures of contact: modes of interaction within ancient communities
ANEE organizes a workshop at the 66th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale in Frankfurt and Mainz, 20–24 July 2020.