Newly published: Hatra

Politics, Culture & Religion between Parthian and Rome

19 September 2013

Hatra is the richest archaeological site in the Parthian Empire known to date and has great potential for a better understanding of this enigmatic empire and its relationship with Rome.

These proceedings of the conference held at the University of Amsterdam, 18–20 December 2009, with  seventeen contributions written by leading experts in the field provides the latest insights into this important late-Parthian settlement.


The first section, ‘Between Parthian and Rome’ discuss the relationship between Parthia and Rome on the one hand, and Parthia and its vassal states on the other. The second section ‘The City and its Remains’ takes the rich archaeological evidence from Hatra as a starting point and use this to reconstruct the city’s history. The third and final section ‘ Culture and Religion on the Crossroads’ analyses Hatra’s position between the two great empires. Although most scholars agree that politically this city belonged to the east, this by no means holds true for all aspects of its culture and religion.


Hikmat Basheer al-Aswad, Susan Downey, Klaas Dijkstra, Lucinda Dirven, Michal Gawlikowski, Leonardo Gregoratti, Stefan Hauser, Simon James, Albert de Jong, Benjamin Isaac, Krzysztof Jakubiak, Ted Kaizer, Andreas Kropp, Alessandra Peruzzetto, Michael Sommer, Jürgen Tubach, Roberta Venco Ricciardi, Sylvia Winkelmann, Jean-Baptiste Yon.

Lucinda Dirven (PhD 1999) studied history of art and theology at the University of Leiden and currently is assistant professor in ancient history at the University of Amsterdam. Her research concentrates on the religious and cultural history of the Roman Near East and its Parthian neighbours.

Lucinda Dirven (ed.),  Hatra. Politics, Culture & Religion between Parthian and Rome. Proceedings of the conference held at the University of Amsterdam, 18–20 December 2009. Oriens et Occidens 21 (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2013) 363 p. ISBN 978-3-515-10412-8. € 59.

Published by  ACUH