Foreign Relations and Diplomacy in the Ancient World: Egypt, Greece, Near East (Rhodes, 3-5 December 2004).
The important geopolitical position of the island at the Southeastern Mediterranean region in antiquity —especially during the second and first millennium BC— connecting mainland Greece and the Aegean islands with Cyprus, Egypt and the Levantine cost, made it the most suitable venue for this Conference. In fact, these same periods of the island’s international mobilization meant to be the time span for the Conference workings, since most of the presentations discuss the latest, written and archaeological, data from the first two millennia BC. That was not accidental, albeit not intentional, for it was during the Late Bronze Age that the regions around the southeastern Mediterranean basin developed and organized their already existed trade and cultural relations into a well-balanced structured system of international interactivity that took into account the co-existence of different political units of regional extent, a lingua franca (Akkadian) that enhanced and facilitated this interactivity —although without prohibiting multilingual texts— as well as the circulation of artistic and technological material industry. Such interaction underwent significant transformation after the 12th century BC and during the unsettled/crisis years of the beginning of the first millennium BC, when international mobility was characterized more by trends of great migrations and turbulent internal affairs, rather than organized efforts of international interaction and movements. The gradual occupations of Egypt by foreigner rulers (Libyans, Persians, Greeks, Romans) during the Late Period/second half of the first millennium BC inaugurated a second era of cross-cultural contacts, which very easily reached the diverse stage of assimilation and resistance.
Speakers (alphabetical):Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides, Dimitris Bourantonis, Peter Brand, Ann Brysbaert, Pantelis Franzis, Gregory Gilbert, Susanne Görke, Brett H. Heagren, Kenneth A. Kitchen, Bernard Knapp, Yvan Koenig, Panagiotis Kousoulis, Ulrike Krotscheck, Yvan Ladynin, Alan B Lloyd, Christofilis Maggidis, Konstantinos Magliveras, Ludwig D. Morenz, Ellen Morris, Renate Müller-Wollermann, A. Nemirovskiy, Marina Panagiotiaki, Katerina Panagopoulou, Donald Redford, Robert K. Ritner, Alessandro Roccati, Anthony Spalinger, Spyros Syropoulos, Renata Tatomir, Elizabeth J. Walters, Sabine Weber, Penelope Wilson, Stefan Jakob Wimmer.