Dr. R. Strootman

Rolf Strootman
Telephone 030 253 6480
Email r.strootman@uu.nl
Work address Drift 6
Postcode 3512 BS Utrecht
Room 2.15
Consultation hours by appointment
Areas of interest Hellenism, Near East
Research Empire and Religion in the Ancient Middle East, The Achaemenid Aegean

Dr. R. Strootman is associate professor of Ancient History at the University of Utrecht. His research and teaching focus on empire, monarchical ritual and cultural encounters in the Near East, Iran and Central Asia, particularly (but not exclusively) in the Hellenistic Period.

Rolf Strootman graduated in history and archaeology at Leiden University, and in cultural heritage and museology at the Amsterdam School of the Arts. In 2007 he received his PhD from the University of Utrecht for his dissertation The Hellenistic Royal Courts, a study of elites, politics and rituals. His most recent publications include Court and Elites in the Hellenistic Empires (2014), Persianism in Antiquity (2017; co-edited with M. J. Versluys) and The Birdcage of the Muses, a study of Ptolemaic cultural patronage (in press). He is currently working on a research project that investigates the interactions between royal and satrapal courts around the Aegean during the 4th century BCE.

Research Interests

– World History and Ancient Globalization

– Eurasian empires in comparative perspective

– Court culture and the rituals of royalty

– The Persian (Achaemenid) Empire

– History of Alexander the Great and the Seleucid Empire

– Cultural encounters in the Hellenistic World

– The history and topography of Istanbul

– The image of the Orient in European culture

Focus areas
Origins and Impacts of Institutions
Cultures & Identities

Involved in the following study programme(s)
Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Antieke cultuur

ancient Middle East – Hellenistic culture – The Seleucid Empire – history of Istanbul – empire – court culture