Tempered Sovereignty and Regional Centers in Achaemenid Anatolia


ACLS Fellowship Program



Named Award

ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies Fellow named award


This is a synthetic study on Anatolia when it was part of the Achaemenid Persian empire (ca. 550-330 BCE), pulling together all available information on all parts of this prosperous region which is well-researched but under-represented in the published literature. Abandoning outdated "core/periphery" notions, this project uses the concept of tempered sovereignty to consider this important part of the empire. How did different sites or areas in the region define their local legal, administrative, religious, artistic, ideological, or economic concepts within the umbrella sovereignty of the Achaemenid empire? This project draws on artistic, archaeological, and textual resources.