The research program of Dr. M.J. Versluys consists of 5 interlocking sub projects, studying cultural interaction and cultural transference in the Hellenistic and Roman Mediterranean, Near East and Egypt on both a theoretical and an applied level, in different places of that cosmopolitan world.
The theoretical part of the research program deals with the ‘Hellenisation’ and ‘Romanisation’ debates and tries to come to a new theoretical framework to understand cultural interaction in the wider Hellenistic and Roman Mediterranean.
“Egypt” was everywhere in the Roman world. But what did Egyptian style material culture mean and do? And how does the Roman appropriation from Egypt relate to earlier and subsequent uses of “Egypt”?
Where to better study cultural interaction than at the Euphrates in the dynamic and confusing late Hellenistic period, in a kingdom known for the “Greco-Persian style” of its monarch?
Complementary to project 2 (Egypt in the Roman world) and with a focus on Alexandria to mirror and contextualise project 5 (Rome), this sub project deals with that region from the Hellenistic and Roman Mediterranean and Near East where, probably, we can study “cultural interaction” from the widest variety of perspectives with help of the most diverse source material.
This project takes Rome as an active producer and consumer of Hellenistic koine and focuses not on how Rome changed the world, but how the world changed Rome.