Commagene in its Local, Regional and Global Hellenistic Context

Blömer, Michael, Stefan Riedel, Miguel John Versluys & Engelbert Winter (eds.). 2021. Common dwelling place of all the gods: Commagene in its local, regional and global Hellenistic context (Oriens et Occidens Band 34). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.

The history and archaeology of Hellenistic Commagene is a rich field of study, not in the least because of the remarkable monuments and inscriptions of king Antiochos I (c. 70–36 BC). Over the last decades important new work has been done on Commagene proper, providing novel interpretations of the epigraphical and historical record or the archaeological data and individual sites, like Nemrud Dağ, Samosata or Arsameia. Simultaneously scholars have tried to better understand Hellenistic Commagene by situating the region and its history in a wider Mediterranean and Near Eastern context. This long-awaited book provides a critical evaluation of all these new data and ideas on the basis of a theoretically embedded, state-of-the-art overview for the history and archaeology of Hellenistic Commagene. From this volume a new picture emerges in which Hellenistic Commagene is no longer understood as peripheral and out-of-the-ordinary, but as an important node in a global Hellenistic network, from Ai-Khanoum to Pompeii and from Alexandria to Armawir.

Table of Content

  • Rachel Mairs: ‘Ai Khanoum God with Feet of Marble’ . Reading Ai Khanoum through Commagene
    Stefan R. Hauser: ‘Hellenized Iranians?’ Antiochos I and the Power of Image
  • Matthew P. Canepa: Commagene Before and Beyond Antiochos I. Dynastic Identity, Topographies of Power and Persian Spectacular Religion 71
  • Helen Fragaki: Reversing Points of Reference. Commagene and the Anfushy Necropolis from Alexandria in Modern Scholarship
  • Margherita Facella: Sovereignty and Autonomy in the Hellenistic Coins of Commagene
  • Werner Oenbrink: The Late-Hellenistic Architecture of Commagene
    Lennart Kruijer & Stefan Riedel: Transforming Objectscapes in Samosata
    The Impact of the Palatial Complex
  • Bruno Jacobs: The Syncretistic Episode in Late-Hellenistic Commagene. The Greek-Persian Religious Concept of Antiochos I and the Ethnicity
    of the Local Population
  • Albert de Jong: Dynastic Zoroastrianism in Commagene: The Religion of King Antiochos
  • Rolf Strootman: Orontid Kingship in its Hellenistic Context. The Seleucid Connections of Antiochos I of Commagene
  • Anna Collar:  Time, Echoes and Experience. Perceiving the Landscape in Commagene
  • Giusto Traina: Armenia and the ‘Orontid Connection’. Some Remarks on Strabo, Geography 11,14,15
  • Lara Fabian: Beyond and Yet In-between. The Caucasus and the Hellenistic Oikoumene
  • Vito Messina: Beyond Greece and Babylonia. Global and Local at Seleucia on the Tigris
  • Orit Peleg-Barkat: Herodian Art and Architecture as Reflections of King Herod’s Many Faces
  • Stephan G. Schmid: Was There a Nabataean Identity – And If Yes, How Many?
  • Christoph Michels: ‘Achaemenid’ and ‘Hellenistic’ Strands of Representation in the Minor Kingdoms of Asia Minor
  • Monika Trümper: Delos Beyond East and West. Cultural Choices in Domestic Architecture
  • Annette Haug:  Decoscapes in Hellenistic Italy. Figurative Polychrome Mosaics between Local and Global
  • Achim Lichtenberger: Hellenistic Commagene in Context. Is ‘Global’ the Answer and Do We Have to Overcome Cultural ‘Containers’?