The International Conference “Seen from Oxyartes’ Rock: Central Asia under and after Alexander Third Meeting of the Hellenistic Central Asia Research Network” will take place on November 14-16, 2018, at the Institute of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, in Prague.
The events directly connected with the campaign of Alexander the Great in Central Asia are described vividly and in detail by ancient Greek authors and have been thoroughly evaluated by modern historians. Numismatic studies have reconstructed the history of the following centuries. However, our understanding of the (mutual?) acculturation following the campaign remains limited.
The aim of the conference is to discuss what actually happened in Central Asia. It will take a local point of view and ask how local people experienced these turbulent developments, and how they coped with the strange newcomers.
As in the previous meetings of HCARN group, the conference will bring together archaeologists, historians, and numismatists working on various aspects of Hellenistic Central Asia.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
-Locating the events of Alexander’s campaign: Combined analysis of archaeological and textual sources
-Settlement patterns and dynamics in the late Achaemenid and Hellenistic Periods
-Structural changes in the local society
-Elites and their adapting to the new reality
-Material culture: local or introduced?
-New fieldwork at relevant archaeological sites
We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers on relevant topics, from both established scholars and early career researchers. Abstracts of no more than 300 words, along with the author’s name, title and institutional affiliation, should be submitted to [email protected] later than 31 May 2018.