A. Politopoulos

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7215
E-Mail: a.politopoulos@arch.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Archeologie, World Archaeology, Archaeology of the Near East
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number B102


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Aris studied archaeology at the University of Athens. For his master, he continued his studies in Leiden. His thesis dealt with the Mitanni to Middle Assyrian transition, focusing on changes in settlement patterns and agriculture. In September 2013 he started as a self-funded PhD.

Creating Imperial Capitals in Bronze and Iron Age Near East


Prof. dr. P. M. M. G. Akkermans
Dr. B. S. Düring
Dr. M. J. Versluys


Aris investigates the creation of imperial capitals in the Bronze and Iron Age Near East. Capital creation is the process of constructing monumental (often new) capitals, and occurs both in modern nations and in (ancient) empires. Capital creation often follows marked changes in political and territorial power. This research project focusses on some of the earliest instances of imperial capital creation, and includes case studies from the Hittite, Assyrian, Babylonian, and Egyptian Empires. The goal of the research is to study imperial capital creation in a comparative manner and to contribute to the broader discussion on capital creation.

Last Modified: 01-02-2016