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Iranians and Greeks after 90 years: a religious history of southern Russia in ancient times

Meyer, Hans-Caspar (2011) Iranians and Greeks after 90 years: a religious history of southern Russia in ancient times. Ancient West & East 10 , pp. 75-159. ISSN 1783-8363.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2143/AWE.10.0.2141816

Abstract

This introductory essay places Rostovtzeff’s interpretative model of northern Black Sea archaeology in the context of contemporary historical imagination in Russia and Europe. The discussion focuses in particular on Rostovtzeff’s approach to Graeco-Scythian metalwork, as pioneered in his 1913 article on ‘The conception of monarchical power in Scythia and on the Bosporus’, and the possibilities which religious interpretation of the objects’ figured scenes offered in developing the narrative of cultural fusion between Orientals and Occidentals best known in the West from his Iranians and Greeks in South Russia (1922). The author seeks to bring out the teleological tendencies of this account, largely concerned with explaining Russia’s historical identity as a Christian empire between East and West.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2012 10:48
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:26
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5494

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