A museum functions in many ways and dimensions, but foremost it is a place of groundbreaking research and knowledge to be shared. Τhe central unit (New Museum) of the Polycentric Museum of Aigai is in the final phase of its completion and it will open to the public in the next months. Believing, that the museum of Aigai, the royal metropolis of Macedon, can and should open new paths in the approach and research of antiquity and particularly that of the Hellenistic Oikoumene, the Ephorate of Antiquities of Imathia with the cooperation and assistance of leading experts and scholars from the world’s most important universities and research institutes prepared and organized a major international conference. Sixty renowned researchers will present fifty-six papers summing up their research from May 27 to June 2, 2022, at the New Museum of Aigai.

Entitled: “Beyond Macedonia. The multifaceted Hellenistic Oikoumene reconsidered”  the conference focuses on the investigation of complex phenomena such as the economy, the architecture and the landscaping, the evolution of artistic and cultural trends, but also on the presentation of syntheses of excavations and findings in the vast Hellenistic world, from Pakistan to the western Mediterranean. Our intention is to enable the presentation of different approaches and of new scientific methods.

The conference is held under the framework of the project “Polycentric Museum of Aigai – Central Museum Building – Phase B” funded by the Operational Project: “Central Macedonia 2014-2020” (European Regional Development Fund) and from National Resources through the Public Investment Program.

Beyond Macedonia: the multifaceted Hellenistic Oikoumene reconsidered

Aigai, 27th May – 2nd June 2022

 Friday, 27th May 2022

18:00-18:30 Welcome speeches
18:45-19:30 Miltiades Β. Hatzopoulos Macedonia and beyond
19:30-20:00 Francois de Callataÿ Persian rhapsody: easy come, easy go. Alexander and the capture of the Persian treasuries, a new look from the lab
20:00-20:30 Andrew Meadows Small-ish change in Asia Minor: the impact of Alexander’s drachm coinage

Saturday, 28th May 2022

09:30-10:00 Athanasios Sideris Macedonian Toreutic Creations Abroad and Their Mutations in the Hellenistic World



The Hellenistic agora as sacred space – gods, heroes, and daily life
10:30-11:00 Bonna Wescoat The Shape of Sanctuaries in the Hellenistic Oikoumene
11:00-11:30 Discussion

11:30-12:00 Break

12:00-12:30 Eric Laufer Forming and claiming an Identity. The architectural style of the Attalids between Macedonian, Greek, East Greek, and regional tradition
12:30-13:00 Philipp Kobusch Late Classical and Hellenistic Temples in the Public Space
13:00-13:30 Mantha Zarmakoupi Hermogenes, Hellenistic Architecture and Rome
13:30-14:00 Discussion

Sunday, 29th May 2022


Anne-Marie Guimier-


Representing death: From Macedonia to Alexandria, continuities and innovations
10:00-10:30 Kyriakos Savvopoulos

The ‘’rediscovery’’ of the Hellenistic cemetery of Shatby in Alexandria:

Works and results of a new archaeological project, held by the Archaeological Society of Alexandria (2021-2022)

10:30-11:00 Jarosław Bodzek A Coin in Trench. Hellenistic Coins in Agora of Nea Paphos according to Archaeological Research of the Jagiellonian University in years 2011-2021
11:00-11:30 Discussion
11:30-12:00 Break
12:00-12:30 Paul Kosmin A Jewish Oikoumene? The impact of Hellenistic Geography on Second Temple Conceptions of the World
12:30-13:00 Laurent Tholbecq Nabataean Petra: the Twilight of Alexandrianism before the Roman Annexation
13:00-13:30 Emanuele Papi

Hellenism on the Ocean: architectures and images in the kingdoms of West Africa (3rd century BC – 1st century BC)

13:30-14:00 Discussion
14:00-16:00 Break
16:00-16:30 Fulvia Bianchi Architectural and decorative tradition in Tripolitania and the Hellenistic-Alexandrian, Punic and Roman influence
16:30-17:00 Christian Kunze From Greece to Rome: Copying Sculptures in Late Hellenistic Times
17:00-17:30 Vladimir Stolba Macedonian Troops in the Northern Black Sea: New Evidence on Zopyrion’s campaign
17:30-18:00 Discussion
18:00-18:30 Break
18:30-19:00 Kutalmiṣ Görkay Recent Works at Seleukeia (Zeugma) on the Euphrates
19:00-19:30 Mustafa Sayar The Hellenistic Cities on the Gulf of Issos
19:30-20:00 Guitar recital by I. Andronoglou

Monday, 30th May 2022

09:30-10:00 Paschalis Paschidis Koinon and monarchy in Antigonid Macedonia: Greek polity and Hellenistic kingship”
10:00-10:30 Maria Stamatopoulou Demetrias and its painted tombstones: Cosmopolitan culture in a Mediterranean port city
10:30-11:00 Ioannis Mylonopoulos The oikoumene begins on the doorstep: Macedonian presence in Thessalian sanctuaries
11:00-11:30 Discussion
11:30-12:00 Break
12:00-12:30 Olympia Vikatou Recent excavations in Hellenistic cities of Aetolia. The example of Alikyrna
12:30-13:00 Véronique Chankowski The Hellenistic Economy of the Aegean after the conquest of Alexander: an overview from Delos (3rd and 2nd c. BC)
13:00-13:30 Roland Étienne Royal and civic architecture in Delos during the Independence (314-167 BC): the means of propaganda
13:30-14:00 Discussion
14:00-16:00 Break
16:00-16:30 Anastasia Georgiadou Multi-chambered monumental tombs of ancient Pella in the context of the Hellenistic Oikoumene
16:30-17:00 Ute Kelp Urban Short Stories. Hellenistic Funerary Culture in Pergamon
17:00-17:30 Zeki Mete Aksan Τumulus Tradition in the Hinterland of Sinope in the Hellenistic Period
17:30-18:00 Discussion
18:00-18:30 Break
18:30-19:00 Angeliki Kottaridi Macedonian Architectures
19:00-19:45 Robin Lane Fox Partying in Macedon: then and now

Tuesday, 31st May 2022

09:30-10:00 Ralf von den Hoff Alexander Riders. Small Scale Portraits of Alexander the Great on Horseback

Yusuf Sezgin – Baykal


Aigai in Aeolis, a Polis of Goat Herders In a Hellenistic World
10:30-11:00 Klaus Rheidt Hellenism and the Cities of Ancient Aiolis
11:00-11:30 Discussion
11:30-12:00 Break
12:00-12:30 Felix Pirson Pergamon: The interconnected landscapes of a Hellenistic capital
12:30-13:00 Peter Ruggendorfer Achaemenid royal insignia, local tradition and Attic influence– heraldic syncretism at the Mausoleum of Belevi

Ertekin M. Doksanalti –

D. Ozan Tozluca –

Songül Sözel

A New Proposal about the Hellenistic Period City Planning of the Western Side of Knidos in light of the 2nd Terrace Excavations
13:30-14:00 Discussion
14:00-16:00 Break
16:00-16:30 Aşkım Özdizbay Perge in Pamphylia: From a local Iron Age settlement to a Hellenistic city-state
16:30-17:00 Hatice Pamir Creating a royal landscape: Antioch and Seleucia Pieria in the Seleucid Region
17:00-17:30 Panagiotis Iossif Antioch after the reign of Seleucus II: from a regional capital to an imperial one and back
17:30-18:00 Frédérique Duyrat

At the margins. Coinage and

Hellenism on the edge of the


18:00-18:30 Discussion

Wednesday, 1st June 2022

09:30-10:00 Monika Truemper Athletic Facilities and Bathing Facilities in the Hellenistic West
10:00-10:30 Mehmet Önal Edessa (Urfa) Mosaics
10:30-11:00 Michael Blömer Doliche and the Hellenistic Cities of Ancient North Syria
11:00-11:30 Discussion
11:30-12:00 Break

Komait Abdallah –

Houmam Saad

The archaeological evidences of the Hellenistic period in northern Syria in the light of the new discoveries
12:30-13:00 Rocco Palermo The Spatial Impact of the Seleucid Empire in North Mesopotamia: The View from the Erbil Plain
13:00-13:30 Vito Messina Greek visual lexica in Asia. Diffusion and Elaboration. The case of Seleucia on the Tigris
13:30-14:00 Discussion
14:00-16:00 Break
16:00-16:30 Carlo Lippolis The Greek visual lexicon in Asia. Elaboration and fascination. The case of Parthian Nisa (Turkmenistan)
16:30-17:00 Laurent Capdetrey

The Seleucid Kingdom:

Macedonia abroad?

17:00-17:30 Simon Glenn Invoking Alexander: Money and Tradition in Hellenistic Central Asia
17:30-18:00 Discussion
18:00-18:30 Break
18:30-19:00 Matthew P. Canepa The Seleucid Empire and Creation of a New Iranian World: Material, Visual and Practical Entanglements
19:00-19:30 Omar Coloru Bazira. An Indo-Greek town in Swat, Pakistan
19:30-20:00 Discussion

Thursday, 2nd June 2022

09:30-10:00 Gunvor Lindström

Sanctuaries and religious

Life in Hellenistic Bactria


Laurianne Martinez-


Macedonian legacy in the architecture of Ai Khanoum
10:30-11:00 Francis Albarede

‘New geochemical tools for

silver provenance and fluxes’

11:00-11:30 Break
11:30-12:00 Discussion
12:00-12:45 Angelos Chaniotis The New Face of the Hellenistic World: New Source and Approaches
12:45-13:30 Discussion