The papers included in this volume were presented at the 2011 international academic conference 'Continuity and Destruction in Alexander's East: the transformation of monumental space from the Hellenistic period to Late Antiquity', which took place at the University of Oxford. The conference and publication theme - the region commonly known as the Hellenistic East - follows the long-term research interests of the editors and brings together scholars and specialists doing work in the region. It follows in the footsteps of a previous conference of 2009, From Pella to Gandhara: Hybridisation and Identity in the Art and Architecture of the Hellenistic East, which resulted in an edited volume of 2011 (BAR S2221). While 'Pella to Gandhara' looked into the Hellenistic East as a whole, 'Continuity and Destruction' narrows the focus onto the Near East, with its greater wealth of archaeological research and publication. At the same time, the focus of the current topic carries over onto an extended time frame spanning the aftermath of the Macedonian campaign, thus tracing steady, smooth or abrupt changes of defining spaces in ancient societies as these were moulded and shaped by the events of the day.
Sujatha Chandrasekaran is an Onassis Foundation Senior Research Scholar in Classical Archaeology at the International Hellenic University in Thessaloniki. In additional to regular excavations in and publications on the Black Sea region, she has excavated frequently at sites of the ancient Near East and co-edited a previous volume on the archaeology of the Hellenistic East. She is currently working on Hellenistic tomb sites of Macedonia and Thrace, as well as on archaeological material of the Hellenistic period in the Decapolis region. Anna Kouremenos is Senior Associate Member (Postdoc) at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Her current research focuses on Roman houses in Greece and more broadly on issues of identity in the Greek East. She has excavated in Crete and Corinth in Greece, Hadrianopolis in Albania, and at various sites in the United States of America. She has published several articles and co-edited volumes on the archaeology of the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Contributors: John Ma; Rob Rens; Craig Barker; Ildiko Csepregi; Elizabeth Brophy; Gaëlle Coqueugniot; Claudia Bührig
‘Die thematisch und chronologisch breit gefächerten sieben Fallstudien (Priene, Pisidia, Aegae, Nea Paphos, ptolemäisch-römisches Ägypten, Parapotamia/Seleucia und Gadara) liefern einen fundierten Einblick in die Diskussionen um Hellenisierung und Romanisierung im Nachklang des Spatial Turn und des Epigraphic Habit. Der Band ist daher nicht nur für methodisch Interessierte als wichtige Lektüre empfehlenswert.’ Martina Seifert, Museum Helveticum, Volume 77 (1), June 2020