הפקולטה למדעי הרוח I אוניברסיטת חיפה I החוג להיסטוריה כללית Department of General History I Haifa University I Faculty of Humanities - Postdocs

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My area of scholarly expertise is Classical Greece. I gained my bachelor and master degrees at the General History department at the University of Haifa, and completed my doctoral dissertation in 2017 at the Classics department at the University of Pennsylvania. My research focuses mainly on the ways in which the interactions between the Achaemenid Persian empire and the Greek communities, both those residing in European Greece and those in Asia Minor, shaped the political, cultural, and economic reality in the eastern basin of the Mediterranean from the early fifth century BC to the late fourth century BC. I explore how the administrative structure of the Persian Empire determined the leeway granted to the satraps, i.e. the local governors of the imperial provinces, and the manner in which Achaemenid royal policy was formulated and executed vis-à-vis the Greeks, who demonstrated time and again the proclivity to intervene in Persian affairs in Asia Minor.

A second area of interest is the Alexander-Romance, a literary composition which constitutes an amalgam of stories and anecdotes brought together to form a quasi-biography of Alexander the Great. The historical authenticity of many of the episodes included in the Alexander-Romance is doubtful. Accordingly, my research places the focus on the following questions: what is the origin for the legends and fabrications that appear in the Romance? What motivations stood behind such inventions? What can we learn not only on the author(s) but also on the communities which preserved, expanded, and disseminated those legends about Alexander the Great that eventually became an integral part of the Alexander-Romance?

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Meyer, E. 2016. “Alexander the Great in the Olympic Games according to the Alpha Recension of the Greek Alexander-Romance”, Scripta Classica Israelica 35: 1-27.

Meyer, E. 2018a. “Cimon’s Eurymedon Campaign Reconsidered”, Ancient History Bulletin 32: 25-43.

Meyer, E. 2018b. “The Athenian Expedition to Egypt and the Value of Ctesias”, Phoenix 72.1/2: 43-61.

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