Mediterranean Models and Modalities in Forging a Strong Centralized Monarchy in 13th-Century Armenian Cilicia

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  Wednesday, March 22, 2017
  12 - 2 p.m.
  Stephens Hall

Situated on a major thoroughfare between East and West and on the intersection of sea and land routes running North and South, the Levant has always been a locus of encounter and exchange. Adopting the insights of Braudel (1966) and more recently Horden and Purcell (2000), this paper views the medieval Armenian experiment with statedom in Cilicia (11th-14th cc.) through Mediterranean optics. Revisiting the dominant discourse of how the Armenian kingdom consolidated its position in international law and sustained this through a superstructure of ceremonial, iconography, and patronage, it argues this process is best understood within the contours of broader regional trends in royal ideology and state formation.

Center for Middle Eastern Studies
University of California, Berkeley
340 Stephens Hall, Berkeley, CA  94720-2314



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