21 February 2017

Rolf Strootman receives prestigious research grant by J. Paul Getty Foundation

Dr. Rolf Strootman
Dr Rolf Strootman

Dr Rolf Strootman (Ancient History and Classical Civilization) received a prestigious research grant by the J. Paul Getty Foundation this month.

With the grant, Strootman will research the role of Iranian elites in the empire of Alexander the Great and his successors for six months in the Getty Villa in Los Angeles. The title of his research project is 'Iranians in the Hellenistic World'. His research is part of the Getty annual theme 'The Classical World in Context: Persia'.

The Classical World in Context: Persia

The Getty Scholars Program at the Villa for the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 terms will address the political, intellectual, religious, and artistic relations between Persia, Greece, and Rome from the ninth century BC to AD 651. The Greeks regarded Media in western Iran as one of the great kingdoms of the East, but it was the Persian Empire, forged by the Achaemenid Dynasty (sixth to fourth century BC), that became their principal adversary. Reaching from the borders of Greece to India, the Persian Empire was viewed by the Greeks as a vastly wealthy and powerful rival and often as an existential threat. When the Macedonian king Alexander the Great finally defeated the Persians in 331 BC, Greek culture spread throughout the Near East, but native dynasties—first the Parthian (247 BC–AD 224) and then the Sasanian (AD 224–651)—soon reestablished themselves. The rise of the Roman Empire as a world power quickly brought it, too, into conflict with Persia, despite the common trade that flowed through their territories.