Syracuse 2023 Call for Papers
Ancient Jewish Memories of Achaemenid Persia
Ancient Jewish literature from the Hellenistic and Sasanian periods contains numerous images of prominent figures from the Achaemenid Empire. These include, inter alia, both Jewish heroes, such as Nehemiah, Ezra and Esther and Persian authorities such as the Achaemenid monarchs and government officials. To the extent that these texts are fictitious, foreign, or late depictions of such figures, they can perhaps best be interpreted as imaginative memories of the Achaemenid world. We welcome papers dealing with any of these figures in their broader contexts, especially those that emphasize comparative frameworks between these depictions over time and the groups who produced them.
The sessions will be combined with invited papers and an open call for papers. We plan to publish the contributions in an anthology/ special issue of a journal.