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Individual and Community in Urban Upheavals: Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor - 20-21/11/2015, Chica

With this meeting, we hope to hold a focused discussion centered on two specific questions: how do individuals and their social formations dynamically interact with urban communities in periods of drastic change? What do the particular instances of Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor offer to broader theoretical approaches to ancient urban communities and their individual inhabitants? These questions address the particular issues at stake in periods of expansion, unusual threat, or imminent destruction of cities. Times of jarring change are particularly well-documented in the populous communities of Asia Minor during the upheavals of the Hellenistic kingdoms and the advent of Roman rule. Cities came under threat of destruction by Galatian invaders or rebellions against Roman incursion, were encouraged or forced to combine through synoecism, and expanded into some of the largest urban centers of the ancient world. In all of these situations, both individuals and social communities were forced to respond to the potential outcomes of drastic change. We believe that a close examination of various cases and situations in Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor will reveal new insights into the experiences of individuals, methods of community decision-making, and the subjective and intersubjective worlds of ancient cities at their various sites of intersection.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 20-21/11/2015

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Franke Institute for the Humanities at the University of Chicago (Chicago, USA)





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