This lecture explores the way that the Achaemenid concept of cosmic, kingly rule engaged with the ethnic and cultural identity of the diverse peoples subject to their imperial control. These ideas worked at both the metaphorical and practical level, as the imperial administration was faced with the task of governing an almost infinitely varied landscape in its far-reaching satrapies. Using examples from Persepolis and the Achaemenid heartland, as well as from the provinces, this lecture considers the diversity of peoples subject to the Great King, while analyzing the response of local elites to these ideas of universal rule.
Jennifer Gates-Foster is an assistant professor in the Department of Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently at work on the publication of archaeological survey material from the Eastern Desert of Egypt as well as a book examining Hellenistic Egypt from the perspective of its social and cultural boundaries.
This event is sponsored by UNC-Chapel Hill Persian Studies and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations. For more information, please contact Emma Harver.