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RA 6: Power and communication

The communication of power - the power of communication An assessment of power structures and power relations in the Black Sea region from the beginning of the Greek colonisation in the 7th century BC until ca. AD 325 has never been attempted. This is mainly due to: (1) the fragmentation in separate and isolated disciplines such as ancient studies of the Greeks and/or Romans, studies of various indigeneous sedentary and Nomadic tribes (Thracians, Scythians, Sarmatians, Sindians, Kolchians, various north Anatolian tribes etc.), and studies of the Assyrian and Achaemenid Empires (2) the general Helleno- and Eurocentrism of the studies of antiquity with which the Centre is mainly concerned. This has led to a severely biased picture of the Greek and Roman culture in the region, and to a lack of coherence in understanding the multi-ethnic groups and societies in their complex interplay. Through five subprojects, the Centre aims at producing a coherent picture of the establishment, negotiation legitimising, maintaining and fluctuation of power between not just ethnic groups but also between major regions of the Black Sea. We believe that communication plays a major role in all aspects of power and power relations, wherefore we view this as a particularly apt analytic tool (see also Luhmann 1975). This study will include an analysis of visual culture and of social semiotics. Different means of communication will be analysed: Settlement patterns within the territories of Kallatis (RA 3D), Olbia (RA 3B), and Chersonesos (RA 3A), visually dominating architectural markers such as kurgans (RA 6B), and coins (RA 6C). RA 7 will furnish further empirical material to the research in RA 6.

Sub-projects:

RA 6A: The Persians in the Black Sea region (Jens Nieling)

RA 6B: Communicating power - a study of kurgan burials (Tatjana Smekalova)

RA 6C: Greek Coinage in the Black Sea prior to the Roman domination (Vladimir Stolba)

RA 6D: Greeks and Barbarians: names, ethnic and cultural identities (NN)

RA 6E: Mother of the Gods: reception and transformation of an Anatolian deity (Birgitte Bøgh)


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