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Eivind Heldaas Seland

Associate Professor, ancient history and premodern global history
  • E-mailEivind.Seland@uib.no
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    Øysteinsgt. 3
    Bergen
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    509
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    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen

 

Most of my research addresses how economy, political power, and ideology/religion interacted in early states/complex societies in the the ancient world. In particular I work with the Indian Ocean/Red Sea region and the Near East, but I am also interested in the Mediterranean and Central Asia. 

Currently I am investigating how the physical environment influenced travel and communication along both sea and land routes. I also study how historians, archaeologists and paleoclimatologists have cast climate as an agent of historical change, in order to identify good models of climate-society interrelation.

With colleagues I'm co-organizing the exploratory workshop series: Globalization, Urbanization and Urban Religion in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Roman and Early Islamic periods, funded by The Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2018-2019).

My colleague Simon Malmberg and I are also developing a new research initiative called "Mediterranean on the Move"

I recently finished a four-years project funded by the Research council of Norway: "Mechanisms of cross-cultural interaction: Networks in the Roman Near East". (2013-17). The project investigated networks of commercial, religious and political nature within and across fluctuating imperial borders in the Near East in the Roman period. My postdoc was on the trade of Palmyra, Syria and how it related to the different overland and maritime networks of the ancient world. I have also worked with Indian Ocean trade and global history, and continue to engage with all these topics.

My research is also featured in this piece on the UiB web-pages.

My Norwegian-language blog, globalhistorie.blogspot.com, is only updated occasionally, but I post much of my popular-history writing there.

 

Selected publications
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2011. The Persian Gulf or the Red Sea? Two axes in ancient Indian Ocean trade, where to go and why. World archaeology. 43: 398-409. doi: 10.1080/00438243.2011.605844
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2013. Networks and social cohesion in ancient Indian Ocean trade: geography, ethnicity, religion. Journal of Global History. 8: 373-390. doi: 10.1017/S1740022813000338
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2015. Writ in water, lines in sand: Ancient trade routes, models and comparative evidence. Cogent Arts and Humanities. 2:111272: 1-11. doi: 10.1080/23311983.2015.1110272
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2016. Ships of the Desert and Ships of the Sea: Palmyra in the World Trade of the First Three Centuries CE. Harrassowitz Verlag. 128 pages. ISBN: 9783447107044.
  • Teigen, Håkon Fiane; Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2017. Sinews of Empire: Networks in the Roman Near East and beyond. Oxbow Books. 184 pages. ISBN: 9781785705960.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas; Steiner, Pål; Tsakos, Alexandros. 2018. From the Fjords to the Nile: Essays in Honor of Richard Holton Pierce on his 80th Birthday. Archaeopress. 118 pages. ISBN: 9781784917760.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2017. Approaching trade in pre-state and early state societies. 2, pages 31-41. In:
    • Glørstad, Ann Zanette Tsigaridas; Loftsgarden, Kjetil. 2017. Viking-Age Transformations: Trade, Craft and Resources in Western Scandinavia. Routledge. 290 pages. ISBN: 978-1-47-247077-5.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2017. En dag skal Palmyra bygges opp igjen. Bergens Tidende. 1 pages. Published 2017-06-24.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2017. The Archaeological Record of Indian Ocean Engagements in the Red Sea. -, pages . In:
    • Riggs, Christina. 2017. Oxford Handbooks Online Archaeology. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780199935413.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2017. Gemstones and Mineral Products in the Red Sea / Indian Ocean Trade of the First Millennium. RGZM - Tagungen. 30: 45-58.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2017. Tøffe valg med store konsekvenser: Historiske fortellinger i norsk klimapolitikk. Kapittel 10, pages 221-231. In:
    • Ryymin, Teemu. 2017. Historie og Politikk - Historiebruk i norsk politikkutforming etter 1945. Universitetsforlaget. 325 pages. ISBN: 978-82-15-02908-5.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2017. The iconography of caravan trade in Palmyra and the Roman Near East. Scientia Danica Series H. Humanistica. 4. 9: 106-114.
  • Teigen, Håkon Fiane; Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2017. Sinews of Empire: Networks in the Roman Near East and beyond. Oxbow Books. 184 pages. ISBN: 9781785705960.
  • Teigen, Håkon Fiane; Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2017. Sinews of empire and the relational turn in classical scholarship. Introduction, pages v-xii. In:
    • Teigen, Håkon Fiane; Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2017. Sinews of Empire: Networks in the Roman Near East and beyond. Oxbow Books. 184 pages. ISBN: 9781785705960.
  • Van der Lans, Birgit; Teigen, Håkon Fiane; Seland, Eivind Heldaas; Chambers, Amanda; Dukhan, Haian. 2017. Reiser til Tadmor: Historie og kulturarv i Palmyra og Midtøsten/Journeys to Tadmor: History and heritage in Palmyra and the Middle East. 52 pages. ISBN: 978-82-93545-01-9.
  • Meyer, Jørgen Christian; Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2016. Palmyra and the trade-route to the Euphrates. ARAM. 28: 497-523.
  • Meyer, Jørgen Christian; Seland, Eivind Heldaas; Anfinset, Nils. 2016. Palmyrena: City, Hinterland and Caravan Trade Between Orient and Occident: Proceedings of the Conference Held in Athens, December 1-3, 2012. Archaeopress. 192 pages. ISBN: 9781784912802.
  • Meyer, Jørgen Christian; Seland, Eivind Heldaas; Anfinset, Nils. 2016. Palmyrena. Introduction. Introduction, pages iii-v. In:
    • Meyer, Jørgen Christian; Seland, Eivind Heldaas; Anfinset, Nils. 2016. Palmyrena: City, Hinterland and Caravan Trade Between Orient and Occident: Proceedings of the Conference Held in Athens, December 1-3, 2012. Archaeopress. 192 pages. ISBN: 9781784912802.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2016. Here, there and Everywhere: A Network Approach to Textile Trade in the Periplus Maris Erythraei. Kapittel 13, pages 211-220. In:
    • Droß-Krüpe, Kerstin; Nosch, Marie-Louise. 2016. Textiles, Trade and Theories: From the Ancient Near East to the Mediterranean. Ugarit-Verlag. 346 pages. ISBN: 9783868352245.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2016. Ships of the Desert and Ships of the Sea: Palmyra in the World Trade of the First Three Centuries CE. Harrassowitz Verlag. 128 pages. ISBN: 9783447107044.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2016. Ancient trading networks and new institutional economics: the case of Palmyra. -, pages 223-234. In:
    • Droß-Krüpe, Kerstin; Föllinger, Sabine; Ruffing, Kai. 2016. Antike Wirtschaft und ihre kulturelle Prägung/The cultural shaping of the ancient economy. Harrassowitz Verlag. 320 pages. ISBN: 9783447106740.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2016. Trade diasporas and merchant social cohesion in early trade in the western Indian Ocean. 5, pages 125-137. In:
    • Chowdhury, Amitava; Akenson, Donald Harman. 2016. Between dispersion and belonging. Global approaches to diaspora in practice. McGill-Queen's University Press. 384 pages. ISBN: 9780773547124.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2016. The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea: A Network Approach. Asian Review of World Histories. 4: 191-205. doi: 10.12773/arwh.2016.4.1.191
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2015. Kampen om Den syriske ørken. Aftenposten Viten. Published 2015-04-10.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2015. Preconditions of Palmyrene Long-distance trade: Land, River, and Maritime routes in the first three centuries CE. 4:. In:
    • Walter, Mariko N.; Ipo-Adler, James P. 2015. The Silk Road: Interwoven History. Cambridges Institutes Press. 374 pages. ISBN: 9780991042807.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2015. Derfor frykter de bilder. www.bt.no. Published 2015-04-02.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2015. Dette er den virkelige verdenshistorien som har inspirert Game of Thrones. Aftenposten Viten. 2 pages. Published 2015-04-12.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2015. Det "rettferdige" verdenskartet. www.bt.no. Published 2015-01-02.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2015. Camels, Camel Nomadism and the Practicalities of Palmyrene Caravan Trade. ARAM. 27: 45-53.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2015. Antikkens Globale Verden. Portal forlag. 228 pages. ISBN: 9788283140453.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2015. Hva skal vi med historie? www.bt.no. Published 2015-04-13.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2015. Writ in water, lines in sand: Ancient trade routes, models and comparative evidence. Cogent Arts and Humanities. 2:111272: 1-11. doi: 10.1080/23311983.2015.1110272
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2015. Google Earth – tiåringen som forandret verden. www.bt.no. Published 2015-08-28.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2015. Hva skal vi med historie? Historie. 3: 6-16.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2014. Caravans, Smugglers and Trading Fairs: Organizing Textile Trade on the Syrian Frontier. 6, pages 83-91. In:
    • Droß-Krüpe, Kerstin. 2014. Textile Trading and Distribution in Antiquity-Textilhandel und -distribution in der Antike. Harrassowitz Verlag. 228 pages. ISBN: 978-3-447-10220-9.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2014. The organisation of the Palmyrene caravan trade. Ancient West & East. 13: 197-211. doi: 10.2143/AWE.13.0.3038738
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2014. Archaeology of Trade in the Western Indian Ocean, 300 BC-AD 700. Journal of Archaeological Research. 22: 367-402. Published 2014-04-02. doi: 10.1007/s10814-014-9075-7
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2014. Early Christianity in East Africa and Red Sea/Indian Ocean Commerce [Les débuts du Christianisme en Afrique de l’est et le commerce de la mer Rouge et de l’Océan Indien]. African Archaeological Review. 31: 637-647. doi: 10.1007/s10437-014-9172-5
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas; Halsnes, Magnus. 2014. Tilbake til start: på tvers av Irak og Syrias ørkengrenser. Bergens Tidende. Published 2014-07-06.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2013. : Antikkforskning som faghistorie. KAPITTEL 12, pages 320-338. In:
    • Heiret, Jan; Ryymin, Teemu; Skålevåg, Svein Atle. 2013. Fortalt fortid. Norsk historieskriving etter 1970. Pax Forlag. 390 pages. ISBN: 978-82-530-3599-4.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2013. Networks and social cohesion in ancient Indian Ocean trade: geography, ethnicity, religion. Journal of Global History. 8: 373-390. doi: 10.1017/S1740022813000338
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2013. Peacock, d. and l. Blue, (eds.) (2011). Myos Hormos – Quseir al-Qadim. Roman and Islamic Ports on the Red Sea. Volume 2: Finds from the excavations 1999- 2003. Journal of Indian Ocean Archeology. 9: 119-120.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2013. Autour du Périple de la mer Érythrée. Azania. Published 2013-10-21. doi: 10.1080/0067270X.2013.841929
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2013. Ancient Afghanistan and the Indian Ocean: Maritime Links of the Kushan Empire ca 50-200 CE. Journal of Indian Ocean Archeology. 9: 61-69.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2012. The Liber Pontificalis and Red Sea Trade of the Early to Mid 4th Century AD. 13, pages 117-126. In:
    • Agius, Dionisius A.; Cooper, John P.; Trakadas, Athena; Zazzarro, Chiara. 2012. Navigated Spaces, Connected Places Proceedings of Red Sea Project V held at the University of Exeter September 2010. Archaeopress. ISBN: 9781407309293.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2012. Globalhistorisk atlas. Portal forlag. 189 pages. ISBN: 9788292712658.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2012. Trade and Christianity in the Indian Ocean during Late Antiquity. Journal of Late Antiquity. 5: 72-86. doi: 10.1353/jla.2012.0002
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2012. Death or taxes? Choosing itineraries between the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean in the mid-18th century. Akademisk Kvarter. 04: 97-108.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2011. Antikken Globale Verden: Asia, Europa og Afrika før islam. Portal forlag. 213 pages. ISBN: 9788292712498.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2011. The Persian Gulf or the Red Sea? Two axes in ancient Indian Ocean trade, where to go and why. World archaeology. 43: 398-409. doi: 10.1080/00438243.2011.605844
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2011. Ørkenens skip: Kamelen og den første transportrevolusjonen. Replikk. 31: 65-72.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2011. Kameler og kamelkaravaner i romersk kunst. Klassisk Forum. 2. 45-53.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2011. Romerne og Rødehavet. Ostrakon. 3: 4-9.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2010. Palmyra : karavanehandel og geopolitikk i romersk Syria. Klassisk Forum. 2. 54-69.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2010. Ports and political power in the periplus: complex societies and maritime trade on the Indian Ocean in the first century AD. Archaeopress. 97 pages. ISBN: 9781407305783.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2009. Shipwreck, Maroons and Monsters: The Hazards of Ancient Red Sea Navigation. 18, pages 179-185. In:
    • Blue, Lucy; Cooper, John; Thomas, Ross; Whitewright, Julian. 2009. Connected Hinterlands: Proceedings of the Red Sea Project IV. Held at the University of Southampton September 2008. Archaeopress. 232 pages. ISBN: 9781407306315.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2009. Ptolemaiere på elefantjakt. Klassisk Forum. 2: 95-106.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2009. Piratvirksomhet med historiske røtter. Historie. 1.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2009. Antikk økonomi og moderne historie. Fortid. 1. 19-25.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2008. Photographic web resource for the Indian Ocean: Bergen Ancient History Photo Archives. Journal of Indian Ocean Archeology. 4: 113-114.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2008. De lovløses havn. Bergens Tidende. 1 pages. Published 2008-12-26.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2008. Taxation of ancient Indian Ocean trade. Journal of Indian Ocean Archeology. 4: 18-30.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2008. The Indian Ships at Moscha and the Indo-Arabian trading circuit. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies. 38: 283-288.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2008. Trade routes of Palmyra, with special notes on western routes in Palmyrene trade. 7, pages 89-98. In:
    • Lönnqvist, Minna. 2008. Jebel Bishri in Context: Introduction to the Archaeological Studies and the Neighbourhood of Jebel Bishri in Central Syria, Proceedings of a Nordic Research Training Seminar in Syria, May 2004. Archaeopress. 130 pages. ISBN: 9781407303031.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2008. The Indian Ocean and the Globalisation of the Ancient World. Ancient West & East. 7: 65-77. doi: 10.2143/AWE.7.0.2033253
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2008. Antikkens globale verden: Asia, Europa og Afrika før Islam. 202 pages. ISBN: 9788292712122.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2008. Kyrenaika: Grekerne på det grønne fjellet. Historie. 4. 10 pages.
  • Bjørkelo, Anders; Meyer, Jørgen Christian; Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2007. Definite places, translocal exchange. Introduksjon, pages 3-7. In:
    • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2007. The Indian Ocean in the Ancient Period: Definite Places, translocal exchange. Archaeopress. 93 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4073-0009-2.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2007. The Indian Ocean in the Ancient Period: Definite Places, translocal exchange. Archaeopress. 93 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4073-0009-2.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2007. Red Sea and Indian Ocean: Ports and their hinterland. 19, pages 211-218. In:
    • Starkey, Janet; Starkey, Paul; Wilkinson, Tony. 2007. Natural Resources and Cultural Connections of the Red Sea. Archaeopress. 264 pages. ISBN: 9781407300979.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2007. Ports, Ptolemy, Periplus and Poetry - Romans in Tamil South India and on the Bay of Bengal. Artikkel, pages 69-82. In:
    • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2007. The Indian Ocean in the Ancient Period: Definite Places, translocal exchange. Archaeopress. 93 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4073-0009-2.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas; Bjørkelo, Anders; Meyer, Jørgen Christian. 2007. Definite places, translocal exchange - an introduction. Introduksjon, pages 3-8. In:
    • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2007. The Indian Ocean in the Ancient Period: Definite Places, translocal exchange. Archaeopress. 93 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4073-0009-2.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2006. Kulturminner i skuddlinjen. Bergens Tidende. Published 2006-07-29.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2006. Indian Ocean in Antiquity: trade and the emerging state. Universitetet i Bergen, Historisk-Filosofisk Fakultet, Bergen. 263 pages.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2006. Bokmelding: Per Bjarne Ravnå, ”gresk og romersk politisk historie. HIFO-nytt. 4. 28-30.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2006. Eritrea: Nasjonsbygging, kolonihistorie og arkitektur. Historie. 3. 42-53.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2006. The Roman Attack on Aden: an unintended result of successful propaganda. Symbolae Osloenses. 80: 60-67. doi: 10.1080/00397670600834031
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2005. Fra Hav til Hafrsfjord - Utstein før Harald Hårfagre. Kapittel 1, pages 17-51. In:
    • Haug, Eldbjørg. 2005. Utstein kloster og Klosterøys historie. 200 pages. ISBN: 82-303-0536-6.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2005. The Periplus' report of a Roman attack on Aden an unintended result of successful propaganda? Symbolae Osloenses. 80: 60-67.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2005. Ancient South Arabia: trade and strategies of state control as seen in the Periplus Maris Erythraei. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies. 35: 271-280.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2005. Johan Henrik Schreiner: Two Battles and two Bills: Marathon and the Athenian Fleet (Bokmelding). Historisk Tidsskrift. 84: 511-518.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2005. Langs Romerrikets grense i øst. Historie. 15: 46-55.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2004. Et handelsperspektiv på arabisk ekspansjon rundt Det indiske hav i antikken. Historisk Tidsskrift. 83: 521-535.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2004. På reisefot i antikken. Historie. 1. 50-59.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2003. Aksum - Antikkens glemte sivilisasjon. Historie. 3. 22-32.
  • Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2001. Handel og handelsveger i Sør-India. Et østlig handelsnettverk på Det indiske hav i antikken. UiB, Bergen. 103 pages.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Globalization, Urbanization and Urban Religion in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Roman and Early Islamic periods. Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS) exploratory workshops grant (partner 2018-2019)

Mechanisms of cross-cultural interaction: Networks in the Roman Near East (Project manager 2013-2016)

Local dynamics of globalization in the pre-modern Levant (core group member 2014-15)

Palmyrena: City, Hinterland and Caravan Trade between Orient and Occident (Postdoc 2009-2012)

 

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