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Palmyrena: City, Hinterland and Caravan Trade between Orient and Occident


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Introduction (Jorgen Christian Meyer, Eivind Heldaas Seland, Nils Anfinset); Palmyra, Pastoral Nomads, and City-State Kings in the Old Babylonian Period: Interaction in the Semi-Arid Syrian Landscape (Kristina J. Hesse); The Venice of the Sands: Palmyrene Trade Revisited (Michael Sommer); Trade Across Frontiers: Foreign Relations of a Caravan City (Michal Gawlikowski); Palmyra and the Chinese Silk Trade (Marta Zuchowska); The Palmyrene Temple in Rome and Palmyra's Trade with the West (Taco T. Terpstra); The Road from Palmyra to Damascus in the Tabula Peutingeriana (Paola Mior); The Stage of Palmyra: Colonnaded Streets, Spaces for Communication and Activities in the Eastern Roman Empire (Claudia Buhrig); Geophysical Prospection by Ground- and Space-based Methods of the Ancient Town of Palmyra (Syria) (Roland Linck); The Palmyrene Gods in the Works of M. I. Rostovtzeff and C. Hopkins (Pavel Alipov); A Roman Residential House in the 'Hellenistic' Town of Palmyra: Archaeology, Function and Urban Aspects - Vessel Glass (Christine Ertel and Rene Ployer); Seleucid, Roman, and Mesopotamian Influence in Palmyrene Pottery and the Question of a Palmyrene Identity (Christiane Roemer-Strehl); Excavation of No.129-b House Tomb at the North Necropolis in Palmyra (Kiyohide Saito); The Vessels in Palmyrene Banquet Scenes: Tomb BWLH and BWRP and Tomb TYBL (Saeko Miyashita); On the Human Skeletal Remains Excavated from the Underground Tombs in Palmyrab (Takahiro Nakahashi); Inorganic Impurities in Teeth of the Ancient Inhabitants of Palmyra (K. Yoshimura, Shiqin Wu, T. Nakahashi and S. Saito); Agriculture in Byzantine Palmyrena (Knut Krzywinski and Jonatan Krzywinski)

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Dr Phil. Jorgen Christian Meyer is professor in Ancient History at the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen, Norway. From 2008 to 2013 he was head of the project entitled Palmyrena: City, Hinterland and Caravan Trade between Orient and Occident. Eivind Heldaas Seland is associate professor of ancient history and pre-modern global history at the University of Bergen. His research focuses on the relationship between ideology, trade, and political power in the Near East and Indian Ocean in the pre- Islamic period. He is the author of Ships of the Desert, Ships of the Sea: Palmyra in the world trade of the first three centuries CE (Harrassowitz 2016) and co-editor of Sinews of Empire: Networks in the Roman Near East and beyond (Oxbow 2017).

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