The Seleucid Study Network

Dr Kyle Erickson

The Seleucid Study Group is composed of scholars at all stages of their careers with methodological specialties that are as diverse as their individual research interests, though united by a common focus on the realm of the Seleucid Empire, which emerged from the struggles following Alexander’s death to control much of the area from the Bosporus in the north to Afghanistan in the east and bordering Egypt in the south until the final collapse of the empire in 64 BC. 

The Seleucid Study Group seeks to foster communication, collaboration, and a spirit of collegiality amongst Seleucidists by gearing their diverse methodologies and interests towards collective endeavours. The concerns of Near Eastern specialists are as well-represented as those with a more Hellenic focus in a complementary approach that hopes to gain a more comprehensive understanding of a this singularly diverse realm.

The Seleucid Study Group has held regular meetings around the globe in order to foster collaboration and access to a wide audience, meetings have been held in Exeter, Bordeaux, Waterloo, and McGill, a fifth meeting is planned for Brussels.

While the rebirth of interest in the Seleucid realm began in sporadic isolation, it has begun to emerge as the primary focus of an international group of scholars hailing from some 11 countries and various institutional backgrounds in Europe, the United Kingdom, Canada, and beyond. 

The group maintains a website which is developing a complete bibliography of the Seleucid empire, it is also connected to a project on Seleucid Genealogy (available on the web) and is looking towards developing an open access digital database of all ancient texts related to the Empire. 

Funders of research include:

  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • McGill University
  • Waterloo Institute of Hellenistic Studies

Through the work in this research area the School has active research links and collaborations with researchers and practitioners in:

  • Ben-Gurion University
  • McGill University
  • Nipissing University
  • Université de Lausanne
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Universiteit Utrecht
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Waterloo

Erickson, K and G Ramsey. 2011. Seleucid Dissolution: The Sinking of the Anchor. Philippika 50. Harrassowitz.

This volume brings together from around the globe new approaches to the study of the Seleucid empire. The various papers approach the questions of how the empire was held together and how and where the bonds linking the Seleucid rulers with their subjects and territories began to break.

Erickson, K. “Zeus to Apollo and back again: shifts in Seleucid policy and iconography” in S. Krmnicek and N. Baylor (eds), Art in the Round. Tübinger Archäologische Forschungen (TAF). 2014, 97-108.

Erickson, K and N.L. Wright. 2011. “The ‘royal archer’ and Apollo in the east: Greco-Persian iconography in the Seleukid Empire” in Holmes, N. (ed), Proceedings of the XIV International Numismatic Congress. Glasgow. 2011, 163-168.

Erickson, K. 2012. “Seleucus I, Zeus and Alexander” in L. Mitchell and C. Melville (eds), Every Inch a King: Comparative Studies in Kings and Kingship in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. 

Encyclopaedia articles:

Erickson, K. “Antiochos VIII Grypos” Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History (Online)
Erickson, K. “Antiochos IX Kyzikenos” Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History (Online)

Book reviews:
Review of Dexter Hoyos, A Companion to Roman Imperialism, Leiden, Brill, 2013 (History of Warfare 81), Hardback, 416 p., ISSN 1385-7827. LATOMUS 73.3 (2014)
Review of Fabrice Delrieux, Les monnaies du Fonds Louis Robert (Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres). Mémoires de l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, 45, Paris, Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, 2011, Pp. 343; 53 p. de cartes, 80 €. ISBN 978-28-7754-270-8. LATOMUS 73.3 (2014)