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Dr. R. Strootman is associate professor of history at the University of Utrecht. His research and teaching focus on empire, cultural encounters and globalization in Ancient Eurasia. His research interests further include cultural encounters in the Near East, Iran and Central Asia during the Hellenistic Period, the history of Istanbul, and the image of the Orient in European culture.

Rolf Strootman graduated in history and archaeology at Leiden University, and in cultural heritage and museology at the Amsterdam School of the Arts. In 2007 he received his PhD from the University of Utrecht for a study of elites, politics and rituals at the courts of the Hellenistic empires. His current research project "Imperial Institutions" examines the practice and ideology of empire in the Seleukid Middle East (c. 311-64 BCE). He is the author of After the Achaemenids: Court and Elites in the Hellenistic Empires, c. 330-64 BCE (2014).

 

Research Interests

World History and Ancient Globalization
Eurasian empires in comparative perspective
Court culture and the rituals of royalty
Cultural encounters in the Hellenistic World
History of Alexander the Great and the Seleucid Empire
The Maccabean Revolt and the Book of Daniel
The history and topography of Istanbul

 

Involved in the following study programme(s)
Scientific expertise
The Persian Empire
Hellenism in the East
The Seleucid Empire
Istanbul
empire
court culture
Alexander the Great
Cleopatra
The Silk Road
Orientalism
Salome
Mythology
The Ottoman Empire
Constantinople

Courts and Elites
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Curriculum vitae

 

2007-present  Associate Professor, University of Utrecht

2011                    Visiting Professor, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

2002-2007       Assistant Professor, University of Utrecht

2001-2002        Assistant Professor, Leiden University

1997-2001         PhD Researcher, Leiden University

1994-1996         Management Assistant, Voorzieningsfonds voor Kunstenaars, The Hague

 

Education

1990-1993      History and Archaeology, Leiden University

1989-1990      Cultural Management, Amsterdam School of the Arts

1986-1989      Museology (Cultural Heritage), Reinwardt Academy, Leiden

 

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Key publications

Strootman, R. (2014). Courts and Elites in the Hellenistic Empires: The Near East After the Achaemenids, 330-30 BCE. (344 p.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Strootman, R. (2014). Hellenistic imperialism and the ideal of world unity. In H. Drake & C. Rapp (Eds.), The City in the Classical and Post-Classical World - Changing Contexts of Power and Identity (pp. 38-61) (24 p.). Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.

Strootman, R. (2011). Hellenistic court society: The Seleukid imperial court under Antiochos the Great, 223-187 BCE. In J. Duindam, M, Kunt & T. Artan (Eds.), Royal Courts in Dynastic States and Empires: A Global Perspective (pp. 63-89) (27 p.). Leiden: Brill.

Strootman, R. (2010). Queen of Kings - Cleopatra VII and the Donations of Alexandria. In M. Facella & T. Kaizer (Eds.), Kingdoms and Principalities in the Roman Near East (pp. 140-157) (18 p.). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.

All publications
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Strootman, R. (2014). “Men to whose rapacity neither sea nor mountain sets a limit” - The aims of the Diadochs. In H Hauben & A. Meeus (Eds.), The Age of the Successors and the Creation of the Hellenistic Kingdoms (323–276 B.C) (pp. 307-322) (16 p.). Leuven: Peeters.
Strootman, R. (2014). Courts and Elites in the Hellenistic Empires: The Near East After the Achaemenids, 330-30 BCE. (344 p.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Strootman, R. (2014). Hellenistic imperialism and the ideal of world unity. In H. Drake & C. Rapp (Eds.), The City in the Classical and Post-Classical World - Changing Contexts of Power and Identity (pp. 38-61) (24 p.). Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.
Strootman, R. (2014). The dawning of a Golden Age: Images of peace and abundance in Alexandrian court poetry in the context of Ptolemaic imperial ideology. In G. Wakker, M.A. Harder & R. Regtuit (Eds.), Hellenistic Poetry in Context. Tenth International Workshop on Hellenistic Poetry, Groningen 25th-27th August 2010 (pp. 325-341) (17 p.). Leuven: Peeters.
Strootman, Rolf (2014). The Serpent Column - The persistent meanings of a pagan relic in Christian and Islamic Constantinople. Material Religion, 10 (4), (pp. 432-451) (19 p.).
Strootman, R. (2014). Van de Hellespont tot India: Cleopatra VII en de “Donaties van Alexandrië”. Lampas, 47 (2), (pp. 120-137) (28 p.).
Strootman, R. (2014). Wedloop tussen oost en west - Bespreking van Ian Morris, Why the West Rules - For Now (2012). Tijdschrift voor geschiedenis, 127, (pp. 319-321) (3 p.).
  2014 - Other output
R. Strootman (16.01.2014). Conference organisation with J. H. Blok and F. van den Eijnde. Feasting and Polis Institutions: An International Conference at the University of Utrecht.
R. Strootman (24.04.2014). International conference co-organised with M.J. Versluys, Leiden University. Persianism in Antiquity. International Conference at the Netherlands Institute in Turkey.
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Strootman, R. (2013). Alexander de Grote en het oosterse koningschap. In D. Burgersdijk, W. F. M. Henkelman & W. Waal (Eds.), Alexander en Darius. De Macedoniër in de spiegel van het Nabije Oosten (pp. 101-114) (14 p.). Hilversum: Verloren.
Strootman, R. (2013). Babylonian, Macedonian, King of the World: The Antiochos Cylinder from Borsippa and Seleukid imperial integration. In E. Stavrianopoulou (Eds.), Shifting Social Imaginaries in the Hellenistic Period: Narrations, Practices, and Images (pp. 67-97) (31 p.). Leiden and Boston: Brill.
Strootman, R. (2013). Bookreview The Ephemeral and the Eternal: The Pavilion of Ptolemy Philadelphos in the Court of Alexandria. BABESCH (Bulletin Antieke Beschaving), 88, (pp. 282-283) (2 p.).
Strootman, R. & Campopiano, M. (2013). De klassieke oudheid in de islamitische wereld. (80 p.). Hilversum: Verloren.
Strootman, R. (2013). Dynastic courts of the Hellenistic Empires. In H. Beck (Eds.), A Companion to Ancient Greek Government (pp. 38-53) (16 p.). Malden & Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Strootman, R. (2013). Literature and the kings. In J. Clauss & M. Cuypers (Eds.), A Companion to Hellenistic Literature (2nd edn) (pp. 30-45) (16 p.). Malden and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Strootman, R. (2013). Mehmet Caesar - De doorwerking van Grieks-Romeinse heerserideologie in het Osmaanse Rijk. In R. Strootman & M. Campopiano (Eds.), De klassieke oudheid in de islamitische wereld (pp. 317-331) (15 p.). Hilversum: Verloren.
Strootman, R. & van den Eijnde, F. (2013). Odysseus variaties: Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now en de klassieke mythologie. Lampas, 46 (4), (pp. 366-381) (16 p.).
Strootman, R. (2013). Polyphemus in Anatolië - Klassieke en islamitische cultuur in de middeleeuwen. In R. Strootman & M. Campopiano (Eds.), De klassieke oudheid in de Islamitische Wereld (pp. 244-255) (12 p.). Hilversum: Verloren.
Strootman, R. (2013). The Seleukid Empire between Orientalism and Hellenocentrism: Writing the history of Iran in the Third and Second Centuries BCE. Iranian studies, 11 (1-2), (pp. 17-35) (19 p.).
  2013 - Popularising publications
Strootman, R. (2013). De klassieke wereld in Afrika en Afghanistan. Hermeneus, 85 (1), (pp. 56-61) (6 p.).
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Strootman, R. (2012). Alexander's Thessalian cavalry. Talanta, 42/43, (pp. 51-67) (17 p.).
Strootman, R. (2012). Bookreview Ancient Empires: from Mesopotamia to the Rise of Islam. Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 55.
  2012 - Popularising publications
Strootman, R. & Strubbe, J. H. M. (2012). De geschiedenis van Klein-Azië. Een overzicht. Hermeneus, 84 (2), (pp. 57-66) (10 p.).
  2011 - Scholarly publications
Strootman, R., van der Berg, B. & de Jonge, Casper (2011). Alexandrië. Hilversum: Verloren.
Strootman, R. (2011). Alexandrië: een wereldstad. In C. de Jonge, B. van den Berg & R. Strootman (Eds.), Alexandrië (pp. 292-310) (19 p.). Hilversum: Verloren.
Strootman, R. (2011). Hellenistic court society: The Seleukid imperial court under Antiochos the Great, 223-187 BCE. In J. Duindam, M, Kunt & T. Artan (Eds.), Royal Courts in Dynastic States and Empires: A Global Perspective (pp. 63-89) (27 p.). Leiden: Brill.
Strootman, R. (2011). Hippodroom wordt Paardenplein - De wederopstanding van Constantinopel na 1453. In D. Burgersdijk & W. Waal (Eds.), Constantinopel - Een mozaïek van de Byzantijnse metropool (pp. 183-198) (16 p.). Leuven: Peeters, Constantinopel: Mozaïek van kunst en cultuur.
Strootman, R. (2011). Kings and cities in the Hellenistic Age. In R. Alston, O. M. van Nijf & C. Williamson (Eds.), Political Culture in the Greek City After the Classical Age (pp. 141-153) (13 p.). Leuven: Peeters.
  2011 - Professional publications
Strootman, R., de Jonge, Casper & van der Berg, B. (2011). Alexandrië. Hilversum: Verloren.
Strootman, R. (2011). Alexandrië: een wereldstad. Lampas, 44 (4), (pp. 293-310) (18 p.).
  2010 - Scholarly publications
Strootman, R. (2010). Het verlangen van Alexander de Grote: pothos of propaganda. Groniek, 186, (pp. 5-20) (15 p.).
Strootman, R. (2010). Literature and the Kings. In J.J. Clauss & M. Cuypers (Eds.), A Companion to Hellenistic Literature (pp. 30-45) (15 p.). Oxford & Malden: Wiley-Blackwell.
Strootman, R. (2010). Queen of Kings - Cleopatra VII and the Donations of Alexandria. In M. Facella & T. Kaizer (Eds.), Kingdoms and Principalities in the Roman Near East (pp. 140-157) (18 p.). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.
  2010 - Professional publications
Strootman, R. (2010). De Zijderoute: het ontstaan van een trans-aziatische verbinding in de Oudheid. Kleio, 2 (Ontdekkingsreizen), (pp. 34-39) (6 p.).
  2010 - Popularising publications
Strootman, R. (2010). De val van Constantinopel (1453): een keerpunt in de geschiedenis?. Kleio, 51 (5), (pp. 8-11) (4 p.).
  2009 - Scholarly publications
Strootman, R. (2009). Bookreview The Court and Court Society in Ancient Monarchies. Bryn Mawr Classical Review
Strootman, R. (2009). De ondergang van het Seleukidenrijk. Tijdschrift voor geschiedenis, 122, (pp. 249-251) (3 p.).
  2009 - Professional publications
Strootman, R. (2009). Koninkrijk Azië: het Seleukidenrijk (312-64 v.Chr.) verdient meer aandacht. Kleio (6), (pp. 4-8) (5 p.).
Strootman, R. (2009). The Hellenistic royal court. Mnemosyne (62), (pp. 168-169) (2 p.).
  2008 - Professional publications
Strootman, R. (2008). Peter Franz Mittag, Antiochos IV. Epiphanes. Eine politische Biographie. Bryn Mawr Classical Review
  2008 - Popularising publications
Strootman, R. (2008). De gouden kooi: mecenaat van kunst en wetenschappen aan het Ptolemaeïsche hof. Groniek (177), (pp. 23-38) (16 p.).
  2007 - Scholarly publications
Strootman, R. (2007). The Hellenistic Royal Courts: Court Culture, Ceremonial and Ideology in Greece, Egypt and the Near East, 336-30 BCE. Utrecht: PhD diss. Universty of Utrecht.
  2006 - Scholarly publications
Strootman, R. (2006). The Seleukid Royal Economy. The Finances and Financial Administration of the Seleukid. Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 06.
Strootman, R. (2006). Van wetsgetrouwen en afvalligen. Religieus geweld en culturele verandering in de tijd der Makkabaeen. In B. Becking & G. Rouwhorst (Eds.), Religies in interactie. Jodendom en Christendom in de Oudheid (pp. 79-97) (19 p.). Zoetermeer en Utrecht: Meinema.
  2006 - Professional publications
Strootman, R. (2006). Kleopatra's kapsel. Tijdschrift voor geschiedenis, 119, (pp. 404-405) (2 p.).
  2005 - Scholarly publications
Strootman, R. (2005). De vrienden van de vorst: Het koninklijk hof in de Hellenistische rijken. Lampas, 38 (3), (pp. 184-197) (14 p.).
Strootman, R. (2005). Hellenistische geschiedenis. Lampas, 38 (3), (pp. 280-285) (6 p.).
Strootman, R. (2005). Kings against Celts: Deliverance from barbarians as a theme in Hellenistic royal propaganda. In K.A.E. Enenkel & I.L. Pfeijffer (Eds.), The Manipulative Mode. Political Propaganda in Antiquity (pp. 101-141) (41 p.). Leiden: Brill.
  2005 - Professional publications
Strootman, R. (2005). Alexander de Grote: held of hufter?. Aanzet, 21 (2), (pp. 38-42) (5 p.).
  2005 - Popularising publications
Strootman, R. (2005). Gekroonde goden. Hellenistische vorsten van Alexander tot Kleopatra. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  2004 - Scholarly publications
Strootman, R. (2004). Alexander de Grote. Lampas, 37 (5), (pp. 385-391) (7 p.).
Strootman, R. (2004). Bookreview Massnahmen der Herrschaftssicherung bei Alexander dem Grossen. Bryn Mawr Classical Review
Strootman, R. (2004). Bookreview The Roman War of Antiochos the Great. Bryn Mawr Classical Review
Strootman, R. (2004). Mithridates Eupator. Mnemosyne, 47, (pp. 203-507) (305 p.).
  2004 - Professional publications
  2002 - Scholarly publications
Strootman, R. (2002). De vrouwelijke koning. Machtige vrouwen in de hellenistische vorstendommen, 323-31 v.Chr. Groniek, 36 (158/159), (pp. 45-62) (18 p.).
  2001 - Scholarly publications
Strootman, R. (2001). Mecenaat aan de hellenistische hoven. Lampas, 34 (3), (pp. 187-203) (17 p.).
 
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Imperial Institutions: Religious and Political Integration in the Seleukid Empire

Keywords: imperialism, universalism, culturel encounters, integration, the global and the local. Strategic themes: Origins and Impacts of Institutions and Cultures and Identities.

This research project focuses on the political institutions in the Seleucid Empire. Central themse are: the role of religious cults as the contact zones between empire and city; universalistic ideology as a cohesive mechanism in multi-ethnic world empires; local reactions to the process of "globalization", viz., the adoption of an "international style" associated with the empire by local elites vs. the emphasizing, or invention, of local cultural identity, and violent resistance to empire. The theoretical underpinning of the research is threefold: 

  1. the conceptualisation of the empire as a dynamic network of (ritualised) interaction between individuals, families, and communities;
  2. the conceptualisation of the empire as a negotiated enterprise in which local power could also influence the political centre, viz., the imperial court;
  3. acceptance of the fact that in a given geographical space (e.g. Asia Minor or the Iranian plateau) several imperial porjects can be simultaneously at work.

From these new angles a new model for understanding the 'Hellenistic' Middle East and Central Asia may be developed -- a model that is more dynamic and interactive than both the old top-down model of "Hellenization" and the essentialistic continuity paradigm of the past decades. Thus a better understanding of the functioning of supra-national states can be achieved.

Publications:

  • Queen of Kings: Cleopatra VII and the Donations of Alexandria. In: M. Facella and T. Kaizer eds., Kingdoms and Principalities in the Roman Near East. Occidens et Oriens 19 (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2010) 139–58.
  • Kings and cities in the Hellenistic Age. In: R. Alston, O. van Nijf, C. Williamson eds., Political Culture in the Greek City After the Classical Age. Groningen-Royal Holloway Studies on the Greek City After the Classical Age 2 (Leuven: Peeters, 2011) 141–53.
  • Hellenistic court society: The Seleukid imperial court under Antiochos the Great, 223-187 BCE. In: J. Duindam, M. Kunt, T. Artan eds., Royal Courts in Dynastic States and Empires: A Global Perspective. Rulers and Elites 1 (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2011) 63–89.
  • Seleucids. In: R.S. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, C.B. Champion, A. Erskine, S.R. Huebner eds., The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Malden and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) 6119–25.
  • Babylonian, Macedonian, King of the World: The Antiochos Cylinder from Borsippa and Seleukid imperial integration. In: E. Stavrianopoulou ed., Shifting Social Imaginaries in the Hellenistic Period: Narrations, Practices, and Images. Mnemosyne Supplements 363 (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2013) 67–97.
  • “Men to whose rapacity neither sea nor mountain sets a limit”: The aims of the Diadochs’, in: H. Hauben and A. Meeus eds., The Age of the Successors and the Creation of the Hellenistic Kingdoms (Leuven: Peeters, 2013) 307–22.
  • Hellenistic imperialism and the ideal of world unity. In: C. Rapp and H. Drake eds., The City in the Classical and Post-Classical World: Changing Contexts of Power and Identity (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014) 38–61.
  • From King of Asia to King of Kings: Imperial titulature in the Seleukid and post-Seleukid Middle East. In: R. Oetjen and F.X. Ryan eds., Seleukeia: Studies in Seleucid History, Archaeology and Numismatics in Honor of Getzel M. Cohen (Berlin: De Gruyter, forthcoming).
  • The Seleukid Empire between Orientalism and Hellenocentrism: Writing the history of Iran in the Third and Second Centuries BCE. Name-ye Iran-e Bastan: The International Journal of Ancient Iranian Studies 11.1-2 (2013) 17–35.
  • The Coming of the Parthians: Crisis and resilience in Seleukid Iran in the reign of Seleukos II. In: K. Erickson ed., War within the Family – the First Century of Seleucid Rule. Proceedings of a Panel at the Celtic Conference of Classics (Bordeaux, September 2012) (Swansea and Oxford: Classical Press of Wales, forthcoming).
  • “The Heroic Company of My Forebears”: The Seleukid and Achaemenid ancestor galleries of Antiochos I of Kommagene at Nemrut Dagi and the role of royal women in the transmission of Hellenistic kingship. In: A. McCauley and A. Coskun eds., Seleucid Royal Women: Roles and Representations (Swansea and Oxford: Classical Press of Wales, forthcoming).
  • Anchoring Empire in the Macedonian Middle East: The Antiochos Cylinder from Borsippa and Seleukid imperial ideology in the third century BCE. In preparation.

 

Dynastic courts in the Hellenistic World

Follow-up of my PhD-project "The Hellenistic Royal Courts". Strategic themes Origins and Impacts of Institutions. Keywords: imperialism, court culture, monarchical ritual, integration.

Publications:

  • Literature and the kings. In: J. Clauss and M. Cuijpers eds., A Companion to Hellenistic Literature (Malden, MA, and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010; 2nd edn 2014) 30–45.
  • Alexandrië, een wereldstad. In: B. van den Berg, C. de Jonge, R. Strootman eds., Alexandrië. Lampas 44.4 (Hilversum: Verloren, 2011) 292–310.
  • Hellenistic court. In: R.S. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, C.B. Champion, A. Erskine, S.R. Huebner eds., The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Malden and Oxford and New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) 1818–1820.
  • Dynastic courts of the Hellenistic Empires. In: H. Beck ed., A Companion to Ancient Greek Government (Malden, MA, and Oxford and New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) 38–53.
  • The dawning of a Golden Age: Images of peace and abundance in Alexandrian court poetry in the context of Ptolemaic imperial ideology. In: M.A. Harder, R.F. Regtuit, G.C. Wakker eds., Hellenistic Poetry in Context. Tenth International Workshop on Hellenistic Poetry, Groningen 25th-27th August 2010. Hellenistica Groningana 10 (Leuven: Peeters, 2013) 325–341.
  • Eunuchs, renegades and concubines: The “paradox of power” and the promotion of favorites in the Hellenistic empires. In: A. Erskine and L. Llewellyn-Jones eds., The Hellenistic Royal Court (Swansea and Oxford: The Classical Press of Wales, 2014). In press.
  • Courts and Elites in the Hellenistic Empires: The Near East After the Achaemenids, 330-30 BCE. Studies in Ancient Persia 4 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014).
  • The Birdcage of the Muses: Royal Patronage of the Arts and Sciences at the Early Ptolemaic Court, 305-222 BCE (Leuven: Peeters, in press).
  • The theater of battle: Military ritual and early Hellenistic kingship. In S. Milanesi and K. Trehuedic eds., Théâtralité des cours : théâtre de cour. In preparation.

 

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