Dr. R. Strootman is associate professor of Middle East History at the University of Utrecht. His research and teaching focus on empire, monarchical ritual and cultural encounters in the Near East, Iran and Central Asia, particularly (but not exclusively) in the Hellenistic Period. He is also interested in 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 his dissertation The Hellenistic Royal Courts, 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. 312-64 BCE).
- 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 Seleukid Empire
- The Makkabean Revolt and the Book of Daniel
- The history and topography of Istanbul