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‘Warfare, Military & Society in the Seleukid Kingdom’

Seleucid Study Days 7, Sopot near Gdansk, 29 July – 1/3 August 2019 

As our previous series of Seleukid Study Days, ‘Warfare, Military & Society in the Seleukid Kingdom’ will focus on an important topic of Seleukid History that should appeal to specialists of all sub-disciplines of Classical or Near Eastern Studies, as well as to researchers that concentrate on a particular region with the kingdom or its adjacent territories. While traditional investigations on armour or tactics will be welcome, we encourage especially contributions that shed light on ethnic identity constructs in any kind of fighting units (including colonies), on ethnic or regional prejudice conditioning military recruitment or command structures, on intercultural exchange, coin circulation or trade links fostered through military presence, or on communication of dynastic ideology or religious cults that were specific to soldiers. This list is of course not meant to be exclusive.

The event location Sopot lies very close to Gdansk, but is a city in its own right, a historical spa town with some of the finest beaches on the Baltic Sea, sanatoria and pier, in short: it is the prime summer holiday destination in Poland, and yet very good value for those who are accustomed to prices in Euro or Dollar. The nearest airport is at Gdansk, which is served by the low-cost airlines Ryanair and Wizzair. Sopot lies within a short bus or light-rail ride from the airport.

The workshop organizers are Nick Sekunda and Dawid Borowka (Gdansk University) together with Altay Coskun (University of Waterloo). If you would like to participate, please contact acoskun at uwaterloo dot ca.

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