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...
Imperial Architecture and Identity
The special issue of the Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies Volume 9, Issue 3, 2021 co-edited by team 3...
AMME Program: Fall 2021
This fall four Ancient and Medieval Middle East (AMME) seminars are organized as online or hybrid events at the University of Helsinki.