Seen from Oxyartes´ Rock: Central Asia under and after Alexander

The events directly connected with the campaign of Alexander the Great in Central Asia are described vividly and in detail by ancient Greek authors and have been thoroughly evaluated by modern historians. Numismatic studies have reconstructed the history of the following centuries. However, our understanding of the (mutual?) acculturation following the campaign remains limited.

The aim of the conference is to discuss what actually happened in Central Asia. It will take a local point of view and ask how local people experienced these turbulent developments, and how they coped with the strange newcomers.

As in the previous meetings of HCARN group, the conference will bring together archaeologists, historians, and numismatists working on various aspects of Hellenistic Central Asia.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Locating the events of Alexander´s campaign: Combined analysis of archaeological and textual sources
  • Settlement patterns and dynamics in the late Achaemenid and Hellenistic Periods
  • Structural changes in the local society
  • Elites and their adapting to the new reality
  • Material culture: local or introduced?
  • New fieldwork at relevant archaeological sites


Ladislav Stančo (Charles University)
Gunvor Lindström (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut)
Rachel Mairs (University of Reading)

The conference was organized with support of the project “Creativity and adaptability as conditions for the success of Europe in an interrelated world” (no. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_019/0000734) financed by the EU.

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