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Hellenistic Poleis and Near Eastern City Culture in the Ptoelmaic and Seleucid Empire

Fifth Workshop of the Melammu Project
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
19-21 April 2018

Organiser: Hilmar Klinkott

Workshop Program

On the basis of the intensive research on Hellenistic polis culture during the last years, the Melammu-workshop “Hellenistic poleis and Near eastern City Culture” in Kiel will study the development of city culture in the specific interaction and connection of Hellenistic influences with ancient oriental city types ("Stadtformen"). Therefore the focus is specifically on the indigenous, ‘oriental’ and Egyptian background. The mixture, combination and reshaping of indigenous – for example Babylonian, Egyptian or Bactrian – and Greek, so to say: foreign elements in the Hellenistic East created a new type of cities in its architectural design, its cityscapes as well as in its perception. The workshop studies this specific amalgamation process of Greek polis and Near Eastern city culture essentially characterizing the establishment of the Hellenistic rule in the Seleucid and Ptolemaic empire. Last but not least, one of the core questions of the workshop is, how or if the interactive connection has been a basic element for the influence and definition of Hellenistic city culture at all, also describing the 'Hellenistic' – in the sense of classical Greek polis: untypical aspect for the foundation of new cities.

Venue: Internationales Begegnungszentrum
der Uni Kiel, Kiellinie 5, 24105 Kiel

The following documents are available:

- provisional program