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About

Altay Coskun made his first contact with Ancient Black Sea Studies as Heinz Heinen’s Research Associate of the Research Project The Foreign Friends of Rome, which was based at the University of Trier, Germany, 2002–2008.

The Aim was to study systematically the historical nature and effect of the friendship of the Roman people (amicitia populi Romani), with all its social, political, cultural and ideological implications. Several case studies were conducted by an international network, which yielded – and continues to yield – several original publications, such as the database Amici Populi Romani on this website.

Heinz Heinen’s intentions were to better understand friendship diplomacy in the Mediterranean world in general, and to describe its extension into the Black Sea area in a sober, de-ideologized way. This was also the intellectual framework in which he wanted to write a new History of the Bosporan Kingdom, with a particular focus on the eventful century after the death of Mithradates VI Eupator. When Heinen died prematurely in 2013, he left behind three unfinished but highly intriguing chapters on Bosporan History and Historiography.

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Together with several of his friends and colleagues, Altay Coskun has initiated international collaboration on the inspiring bequest of Heinz Heinen, which goes beyond preparing a posthumous edition of these chapters. A series of workshops and edited volumes is intended to foster international and interdisciplinary exchange and to advance the critical methodologies of Ancient Black Sea Studies over the next years. This is done with the generous support of the University of Waterloo and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The first two volumes currently in preparation are:

·        Recent Advances in Ancient Black Sea Studies: Methodological Innovation and Interdisciplinary Perspectives.

·        In the Shadow of Mithradates VI Eupator: the Bosporan Kingdom & Rome in a Watershed Period (63 BCE to 69 CE).

 

Selected References

(for a larger bibliography, see MATERIALS)

Cojocaru, V., Coşkun, A. & Dana, M. (eds.) (2014) Interconnectivity in the Mediterranean and Pontic World during the Hellenistic and Roman Periods. The Proceedings of the International Symposium (Constanţa, July 8-12, 2013), Cluj-Napoca.

Coşkun, A. (ed.) (2005) Roms auswärtige Freunde in der späten Republik und im frühen Prinzipat. In Zusammenarbeit mit Heinz Heinen und Manuel Tröster, Göttingen.

Coşkun, A. (ed.) (2007ff.) Amici Populi Romani (APR). Prosopographie der auswärtigen Freunde Roms = Prosopography of the Foreign Friends of Rome. Trier 2007–2008; Waterloo 2010ff. (Version 07: 2017). URL: http://www.altaycoskun.com/apr

Coşkun, A. (ed.) (2008) Freundschaft und Gefolgschaft in den auswärtigen Beziehungen der Römer (2. Jh. v.Chr. – 1. Jh. n.Chr.), Frankfurt/M.

Coşkun, A. (2014a) Kastor von Phanagoreia, Präfekt des Mithradates und Freund der Römer. In: Nikolai Povalahev (ed.): Phanagoreia und darüber hinaus ... – Festschrift für Vladimir Kuznetsov, Göttingen, 131–138.

Coskun, A. (2014b) Interconnectivity – In honorem & in memoriam Heinz Heinen (1941-2013). With a Complete Bibliography of His Scholarly Publications, in V. Cojocaru, A. Coşkun & M. Dana, Interconnectivity in the Mediterranean and Pontic World during the Hellenistic and Roman Periods. The Proceedings of the International Symposium (Constanţa, July 8-12, 2013), Cluj-Napoca, 2571.

Coşkun, A. (2016) Heinz Heinen und die Bosporanischen Könige – Eine Projektbeschreibung, in V. Cojocaru & A. Rubel (eds.), Mobility in Research on the Black Sea. (Iaşi, July 5-10, 2015) (Pontica & Mediterranea 6), Cluj-Napoca, 51–71.

Coşkun, A. (2017a) Amicitia, fides und Imperium der Römer aus konstruktivistischer Perspektive. Überlegungen zu Paul Burton's Friendship and Empire (2011), Latomus 76, 910–924.

Coşkun, A. (ca. 2018) Mithridates Eupator: Retter, Hegemon, Feind und Opfer der Galater, forthcoming in D. Braund & A. Dan (eds.) Mithridates and the Pontic Kingdom, Paris.

Coşkun, A. & Heinen, H. (2004) Amici populi Romani. Das Trierer Projekt ‘Roms auswärtige Freunde’ stellt sich vor, AncSoc 34, 4575. Cf. the Russian translation: Amici populi romani. Prezentatsiya trirskogo proekta ‘Vneshnie druzya Rima’, Antiquitas aeterna: Povolzhskiy antikovedcheskiy zhurnal (Kasan) 1 (2005) 280303.

Heinen, H. (1994) Mithradates von Pergamon und Caesars bosporanische Pläne. Zur Interpretation von Bellum Ale­xandrinum 78, in R. Günther & S. Rebenich (eds.), E fontibus haurire. Beiträge zur römischen Geschichte und zu ihren Hilfswissenschaften (=FS H. Chantraine), Paderborn, 63–79.

Heinen, H. (1998) Fehldeutungen der ἀνάβασις und der Politik des bosporanischen Königs Aspurgos, Hyperboreus 4, 340361.

Heinen, H. (2006) Antike am Rande der Steppe. Der nördliche Schwarzmeerraum als Forschungsaufgabe (Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz. Abhandlungen der Geistes- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Klasse, Jahrgang 2006, Nr. 5), Stuttgart.

Heinen, H. (2008) La tradition mithridatique des rois du Bosphore, de Rostovtzeff à l’historiographie soviétique, in J. Andreau & W. Berelowitch (eds.), Michel Ivanovitch Rostovtzeff, Bari, 137152.

Heinen, H. (2011) Kaisareia und Agrippeia: das Tor zur Maiotis als augusteisches Monument, in N. Povalahev & Kuznetsov (eds.) Phanagoreia und seine historische Umwelt. Von den Anfängen der griechischen Kolonisation (8. Jh. v.Chr.) bis zum Chasarenreich (10. Jh. n.Chr.) (Altertümer Phanagoreias 2), Göttingen, 225–240; 345–364.

Rostowzew, M. (1993) Skythien und der Bosporus, Band II. Wiederentdeckte Kapitel und Verwandtes. Auf der Grundlage der russischen Edition von V.Ju. Zuev mit Kommentaren und Beiträgen von G.W. Bowersock [et al.] übersetzt und herausgegeben von H. Heinen in Verbindung mit G.M. Bongard-Levin und Ju.G. Vinogradov, Stuttgart.