Sunday, January 05, 2020

Review of Coşkun and Engels (eds.), Rome and the Seleukid East

BRYN MAYR CLASSICAL REVIEW: Altay Coşkun, David Engels (ed.), Rome and the Seleukid East: Selected Papers from Seleukid Study Day V, Brussels, 21-23 August 2015. Collection Latomus, volume 360. Leuven: Peeters, 2019. Pp. 512. ISBN 9789042939271. €84,00 (pb). Reviewed by Michael J. Taylor, University at Albany, SUNY (
The past decade has proven a heady time for Seleucid studies, which has metamorphosed from a marginalized sub-field marooned in the void between Ancient History and Near Eastern Studies to a vibrant locus of interdisciplinary study, a topic that unites specialists in the Hellenistic World, Republican Rome and Judaic Studies, where sources range from Classical and Biblical literature to Greek epigraphy to cuneiform tablets. Such interdisciplinary vitality is on full display throughout this excellent volume.
This volume includes essays involving Antiochus III, Antiochus IV (see last link), and Judaism of the Hasmonean period, all of interest to PaleoJudaica.

For more on the Seleucid dynasty and its importance for biblical studies, see here and links

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