(Upcoming:) 5th and Final International Conference of the Research Network Imperium & Officium: Governing Ancient Empires, University of Vienna, 5–7 November 2014

This final conference of our research network aims at drawing together the several threads of our argument with a view towards evaluating our findings in an interdisciplinary context. It will be divided into three panels:

Research Network

The research network studies aspects of the official administration of several ‘empires’ which flourished in the Near East and eastern Mediterranean from the first millennium BC to the first millennium AD, namely, the Neo-Assyrian, Neo-Babylonian, and Achaemenid empires, the Roman Empire (in particular in Egypt), and the emerging Muslim Empire in Egypt. Administrative practice will be investigated, as will the origins, social status and economic background of the officials in question.