Upcoming:


Upcoming Seleucid Study Days are currently in the process of being organized. The next SSD will take place at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, and the subsequent at Nipissing University in Canada. Calls for Papers and further details will be posted in due course.


Past Events:


Seleucid-Related Panels at the CCC

25-28 June, 2014. Part of the 8th Celtic Conference in Classics, to be held at the University of Edinburgh

Two panels of interest to Seleucidists were held in late June at the University of Edinburgh. Both are planning to publish the conference proceedings in edited volumes.

-Meet the New Gods, Same as the Old Gods? Formulary, Ritual, and Status in Hellenistic Ruler Cult. Organized by Stefano Caneva & J.M. Carbon.

-Géopolitique coloniale et cultures locales dans l’Orient hellénistique et romain (IIIe siècle av.J-C - IIIe siècle ap. J-C. Organised by Hadrian Bru and Adrian Dumitru


Seleucid-Related Panels at the CAC

6-11 May, 2014. Held at McGill University, Montréal, Québec.

Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Canada

Although not a specifically-themed Seleucid Study Day, there were several panels that relate to Seleucid studies as part of the Joint Annual Conference of the Classical Association of Canada and the Association of Ancient Historians.

-Panel for the Research Network on Asia Minor: organised by Altay Coskun, featuring a series of four papers with a broad chronological and thematic span.

-The Peace of Apameia Reconsidered: organised by Charles Bartlett (Harvard) and Alex McAuley (McGill), aimed at re-evaluating the lasting impact of the Peace of Apameia.

-Please refer to the conference’s website at the link above for the full programme and abstracts of each panel.


Seleucid Dissolution: The Sinking of the Anchor

14-16 July, 2008. Held at the University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom.

This landmark conference on the last days of the Seleucid Empire was organised by Kyle Erickson and Gillian Ramsey, who were at the time PhD candidates at the University of Exeter, along with Christian Ghita. Scholars from around the globe were brought together to discuss new approaches and methods for the study of the Seleucid Empire, particularly over the course of its twilight years. Principal themes discussed included the notion of the ‘beginning of the end’ for the empire, the debate over Seleucid centre and periphery relations, and regionalism within and without the Seleucid realm. The conference proceedings have recently been published in a volume co-edited by Kyle Erickson and Gillian Ramsey. For more information, please refer to the ‘Publications’ page of this site.


Seleucid Study Day I:

15 August, 2011. Held at the University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom.

The first Seleucid Study was organized by Altay Coşkun and held at the University of Exeter, featuring eight papers given over the course of three sessions by specialists ranging from PhD candidates to established researchers. The international origins of the group were well-reflected in that the eight researchers hailed from eight different countries, though the lively presentations and discussions revealed a common interest in the royal family and the mechanisms by which it held sway over the Empire. Though no conference volume was intended, the gathering presented research for a volume on the subject of Antiochus I co-authored by Altay Coşkun, David Engels, and Kyle Erickson.

Website with Conference Information from the WIHS

Conference Report on HSK site


Selecuid Study Day II:

9 November, 2011. Held at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

This follow-up meeting to the first Seleucid Study Day was hosted by the Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies (WIHS) at the University of Waterloo, and focused on the somewhat narrower topic of Antiochus II, his reign, and his wives and children. The War of the Brothers enjoyed special attention, as did broader dynastic concerns and policies of the Seleucid house over the course of six papers presented during three sessions. No conference volume was planned, though all of the presenters are publishing their findings in various edited volumes or journals after profiting immensely from the lively discussion and collegial exchange.

Website with Conference Information from the WIHS

Conference Report on HSK site


Seleucid Study Day III: War within the Family. The First Century of Seleucid Rule

5-8 September, 2012. Panel of the VIIIth Celtic Conference in Classics, held at l’Université de Bordeaux III.

The third Seleucid Study Day took the form of a panel organised by Kyle Erickson (Lampeter) as part of the 8th Celtic Conference in Classics hosted by l’institut Ausonius of l’Université de Bordeaux III. Elaborating on the earlier focus of previous Seleucid Study Days, the meeting was devoted to a re-appraisal of the first century of Seleucid rule. Contributors to the previous Seleucid Study Days were joined by new colleagues to form a three-day programme of eleven papers discussing questions of continuity versus discontinuity, mechanisms of power, chronology, and emergent dynastic structures in the first century of Seleucid rule. The proceedings of the conference will be published in a volume edited by Altay Coskun and Kyle Erickson.

Website with Conference Information and Photos from the WIHS

Conference Report on HSK site


Seleucid Study Day IV: Seleucid Royal Women

20-22 February, 2013. McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada.

The fourth meeting of the Seleucid Study Group was recently co-hosted by the Department of History and Classical Studies of McGill University and the Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies, and took place at the campus of McGill University in Montréal from 20-22 February, 2013. The gradually-expanding size and scope of the group was reflected in the ambitious programme of 18 papers given during the three day conference, as well as in the participation of some 24 colleagues from 9 countries. The conference was the first dedicated solely to discussion and analysis of the royal women of the Seleucid realm, and sought to follow up on the proliferation of recent scholarship discussing Hellenistic women by shifting the focus to Seleucid women who have yet to come under such scholarly scrutiny. The conference proceedings will be collected and published in a forthcoming edited volume, which will be the first volume specifically devoted to Seleucid royal women.

SSD IV Information Page


Hellenistic Court and Society

25-27 February, 2011. Held at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Although not exclusively dedicated to the Seleucid Empire, this international conference held at the University of Edinburgh sought to bring recent advances in the study of royal courts to bear on the dynasties of the Hellenistic world. Out of the 21 papers presented over the course of the conference, several touched on Seleucid themes, notably the papers given by Rolf Strootman, Peter Franz Mittag, Paola Ceccarelli, and David Engels. The proceedings of the conference are currently in the process of being compiled into a volume edited by Andrew Erskine, Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, and Shane Wallace, which will be published by the Classical Press of Wales.

Website with Conference Programme and Abstracts


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