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Eivind Heldaas Seland

Professor, ancient history and premodern global history
  • E-mailEivind.Seland@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 31 11+47 992 44 630
  • Visitor Address
    Dokkevein 2b
    Bergen
    Room 
    508
  • Postal Address
    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.

2020-2022 I have the pleasure of supervising the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie-IF-projects of Francesca Mazzilli, Regional Religious Networks in the Roman Empire and Tomas Glomb, Favorable Conditions of the Spread of the Cult of Asclepius across the Transportation Network of the Roman Mediterranean: A Quantitative Evaluation. 

With colleagues I have recently been 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 most recent larger project was 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
  • Lichtenberger, Achim; Raja, Rubina; Seland, Eivind Heldaas; Kinnaird, Timothy; Simpson, Ian. 2019. Urban-Riverine Hinterland Synergies in Semi-Arid Environments: Millennial-Scale Change, Adaptations, and Environmental Responses at Gerasa/Jerash. Journal of Field Archaeology. 44: 333-351. doi: 10.1080/00934690.2019.1625619
  • 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. 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. 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. 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
  • 2020. The rise of the merchant princes? Scale, status, and wealth in Palmyrene trade. 10 pages.
  • 2019. Urban-Riverine Hinterland Synergies in Semi-Arid Environments: Millennial-Scale Change, Adaptations, and Environmental Responses at Gerasa/Jerash. Journal of Field Archaeology. 333-351.
  • 2019. Travelling the treacherous seas: pirates, storms and sirens. 376-392. In:
    • 2019. Silk Roads. Peoples, Cultures, Landscapes. Thames & Hudson.
  • 2019. The Trade of Palmyra. 127-136. In:
    • 2019. The Road to Palmyra.
  • 2019. Religion and Early Trade in the Western Indian Ocean: Ideology and Knowledge Exchanges Across the Indian Ocean World. 15 pages.
  • 2019. Portable Religion and the Palmyrene Diaspora. 8 pages.
  • 2019. Ljungqvist, Fredrik Charpentier 2017. Klimatet och människan under 12 000 år. Dialogos. Stockholm. Primitive tider. 153-155.
  • 2019. Als Indien das Römische Reich entdeckte. Exploration und Handel im Indischen Ozean vom Osten aus gesehen. 12 pages.
  • 2018. Å arbeidet med materielle kilder. 21 pages.
  • 2018. Wiesehöfer/Brinkhaus/Bichler (eds): Megasthenes und seine Zeit” (Book review). Orbis Terrarum. 44-45.
  • 2018. Nomads and caravan trade in the Syrian Desert". . 21 pages.
  • 2018. Limbs of the Light Mind. The social world of a Manichaean community in fourth-century Egypt.
  • 2018. Hundre års undergang. Prosa - tidsskrift for skribenter. 46-50.
  • 2018. From the Fjords to the Nile: Essays in Honor of Richard Holton Pierce on his 80th Birthday. Archaeopress.
  • 2017. Unikt besøk i Bergen.
  • 2017. Tøffe valg med store konsekvenser: Historiske fortellinger i norsk klimapolitikk. 11 pages.
  • 2017. The iconography of caravan trade in Palmyra and the Roman Near East. Scientia Danica Series H. Humanistica. 4. 106-114.
  • 2017. The Archaeological Record of Indian Ocean Engagements in the Red Sea. 45 pages.
  • 2017. Sinews of empire and the relational turn in classical scholarship. 1 pages.
  • 2017. Sinews of Empire: Networks in the Roman Near East and beyond. Oxbow Books.
  • 2017. Reiser til Tadmor: Historie og kulturarv i Palmyra og Midtøsten/Journeys to Tadmor: History and heritage in Palmyra and the Middle East.
  • 2017. Reiser til Tadmor: Historie og kulturarv i Palmyra og Midtøsten.
  • 2017. Reiser til Tadmor. Historie og Kulturarv i Palmyra og Midtøsten.
  • 2017. Palmyra: Historie, krig og kulturarv.
  • 2017. Palmyra: Historie, krig og kulturarv.
  • 2017. Gemstones and Mineral Products in the Red Sea / Indian Ocean Trade of the First Millennium. RGZM - Tagungen. 45-58.
  • 2017. En dag skal Palmyra bygges opp igjen. Bergens Tidende. 1 pages.
  • 2017. Approaching trade in pre-state and early state societies. 11 pages.
  • 2016. Trade diasporas and merchant social cohesion in early trade in the western Indian Ocean. 13 pages.
  • 2016. The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea: A Network Approach. Asian Review of World Histories. 191-205.
  • 2016. Ships of the Desert and Ships of the Sea: Palmyra in the World Trade of the First Three Centuries CE.
  • 2016. Pastoralism, subsistence and territorial control in Roman period Palmyra: a hydrological approach.
  • 2016. Palmyrena: City, Hinterland and Caravan Trade Between Orient and Occident: Proceedings of the Conference Held in Athens, December 1-3, 2012. Archaeopress.
  • 2016. Palmyrena. Introduction. iii-v.
  • 2016. Palmyra and the trade-route to the Euphrates. ARAM. 497-523.
  • 2016. Livet i oldtidens Palmyra.
  • 2016. Here, there and Everywhere: A Network Approach to Textile Trade in the Periplus Maris Erythraei. 10 pages.
  • 2016. Firmus of Alexandria and the trade of Palmyra.
  • 2016. Commodities and circuits in ancient Indian Ocean exchange: a network approach.
  • 2016. Climate in history, history in climate: some preliminary perspectives.
  • 2016. Ancient trading networks and new institutional economics: the case of Palmyra. 12 pages.
  • 2016. 30 years of Red Sea studies: Insights, agendas, perspectives.
  • 2015. Writ in water, lines in sand: Ancient trade routes, models and comparative evidence. Cogent Arts & Humanities. 1-11.
  • 2015. The World of the Periplus.
  • 2015. Terrorgruppa IS forsetter sine ødeleggelser av verdens kulturarv.
  • 2015. Social network approaches to ancient history.
  • 2015. Rome and the Not‐so‐ friendly King: the Social Networks of Local Rulers in the Roman Near East.
  • 2015. Researchers have feared and expected continued destruction in Palmyra.
  • 2015. Preconditions of Palmyrene Long-distance trade: Land, River, and Maritime routes in the first three centuries CE.
  • 2015. Palmyre, cité romaine – or, linking up, the western networks of Palmyra.
  • 2015. Palmyra-mysteriet - norske forskere løste gåten om hvordan 100.000 mennesker kunne leve i oldtidsbyen midt ute i den Syriske ørkenen.
  • 2015. Minerals and the Red Sea/Indian Ocean trade in the pre-Islamic period.
  • 2015. Kampen om Den syriske ørken. Aftenposten Viten.
  • 2015. IS raserte oldtidsbyen Nimrud med slegger og gravemaskiner.
  • 2015. Hva skal vi med historie? www.bt.no.
  • 2015. Hva skal vi med historie? Historie. 6-16.
  • 2015. Hva skal vi med eldre historie?
  • 2015. Here there and Everywhere: Textile trade in the Periplus Maris Erythraei.
  • 2015. Google Earth – tiåringen som forandret verden. www.bt.no.
  • 2015. Forskere frykter flere ødeleggelser i Palmyra.
  • 2015. Dette er den virkelige verdenshistorien som har inspirert Game of Thrones. Aftenposten Viten. 2 pages.
  • 2015. Det "rettferdige" verdenskartet. www.bt.no.
  • 2015. Derfor frykter de bilder. www.bt.no.
  • 2015. Camels, Camel Nomadism and the Practicalities of Palmyrene Caravan Trade. ARAM. 45-53.
  • 2015. Antikkens Globale Verden.
  • 2015. "People, Plants, and Ports: A Network Analysis of the Periplus Maris Erythraei".
  • 2014. Trade and markets in premodern economies: Are we asking the right questions?
  • 2014. Tracing trade routes as networks: From Palmyra to the Euphrates in the first three centuries CE.
  • 2014. Tracing Trade Routes by Networks and GIS: From Palmyra to the Euphrates in the First Three Centuries CE.
  • 2014. Tilbake til start: på tvers av Irak og Syrias ørkengrenser. Bergens Tidende.
  • 2014. The organisation of the Palmyrene caravan trade. Ancient West and East. 197-211.
  • 2014. The iconography of Palmyrene Caravan Trade.
  • 2014. Sosiale nettverk og eldre historie.
  • 2014. Sinews of Empire: Networks and New Institutional Economics.
  • 2014. Rome and the not-so-friendly king: The social networks of local rulers in the Roman Near East.
  • 2014. Palmyra and the Trade-Route to the Euphrates.
  • 2014. Hubro 1/2014: Lot mangfoldet blomstre.
  • 2014. Gode forskningsspørsmål.
  • 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. 637-647.
  • 2014. Caravans, Smugglers and Trading Fairs: Organizing Textile Trade on the Syrian Frontier. 9 pages.
  • 2014. Archaeology of Trade in the Western Indian Ocean, 300 BC-AD 700. Journal of Archaeological Research. 367-402.
  • 2013. Writ in water, lines in sand: Models of ancient connectivity and comparative evidence.
  • 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. 119-120.
  • 2013. Networks in the Roman Near East, project presentation.
  • 2013. Networks and social cohesion in ancient Indian Ocean trade: geography, ethnicity, religion. Journal of Global History. 373-390.
  • 2013. Globalhistorie: Historie uten grenser.
  • 2013. From the desert to the seas: Network building in the Indian Ocean – the case of Palmyra.
  • 2013. Fjernhandel i førmoderne tid: organisatoriske utfordringer og løsninger.
  • 2013. Client-king? Me? The Social Networks of Local Rulers in the Roman Near East.
  • 2013. Client-king? Me? The Social Networks of Local Rulers in the Roman Near East.
  • 2013. Caravans, smugglers and trading fairs: organizing textile trade on the Syrian border.
  • 2013. Autour du Périple de la mer Érythrée. Azania.
  • 2013. Ancient Afghanistan and the Indian Ocean: Maritime Links of the Kushan Empire ca 50-200 CE. Journal of Indian Ocean Archeology. 61-69.
  • 2013. : Antikkforskning som faghistorie. 19 pages.
  • 2012. Ørkenmysteriet.
  • 2012. Travel and religion in late antiquity.
  • 2012. Trade and Christianity in the Indian Ocean during Late Antiquity. Journal of Late Antiquity. 72-86.
  • 2012. The Liber Pontificalis and Red Sea Trade of the Early to Mid 4th Century AD. 10 pages.
  • 2012. Practicalities of Palmyrene caravan trade.
  • 2012. Pliny, Appian and Palmyra.
  • 2012. Perserriket: Det første verdensimperiet.
  • 2012. Palmyra. Mysteries rond de duizend zuilen.
  • 2012. Organizing diaspora trade on the Indian Ocean before Islam: Ethnicity, religion, profession and geography.
  • 2012. Network aspects of pre-Islamic Indian Ocean trade.
  • 2012. Mysteriet Palmyra.
  • 2012. Globalhistorisk atlas.
  • 2012. Death or taxes? Choosing itineraries between the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean in the mid-18th century. Akademisk Kvarter. 97-108.
  • 2012. City Solved: Ancients Greened the Desert.
  • 2012. Christianity and diaspora trade in the Indian Ocean before Islam.
  • 2011. Ørkenens skip: Kamelen og den første transportrevolusjonen. REPLIKK – Tidsskrift for samfunnsvitskap og humaniora. 65-72.
  • 2011. The Persian Gulf or the Red Sea? Two axes in ancient Indian Ocean trade, where to go and why. World archaeology. 398-409.
  • 2011. The Organization of Palmyrene Caravan Trade.
  • 2011. Romerne og Rødehavet. Ostrakon. 4-9.
  • 2011. Organizing Trade between Empires, the case of Palmyra.
  • 2011. Kameler og kamelkaravaner i romersk kunst. Klassisk Forum. 45-53.
  • 2011. Egypterne og Rødehavet i hellenistisk og romersk tid.
  • 2011. Central Asia and the Indian Ocean in the first centuries AD.
  • 2011. Camels and the Practicalities of Palmyrene Caravan Trade.
  • 2011. Antikken Globale Verden: Asia, Europa og Afrika før islam.
  • 2011. Afganistan, the Periplus and Palmyra.
  • 2010. Ships of the desert and ships of the sea – the maritime and overland trade of Palmyra.
  • 2010. Protection and the caravan trade of Palmyra.
  • 2010. Ports and political power in the periplus: complex societies and maritime trade on the Indian Ocean in the first century AD.
  • 2010. Palmyrena. City, Hinterland and Caravan Trade between Occident and Orient. 6 posters.
  • 2010. Palmyra and the Indian Ocean.
  • 2010. Palmyra : karavanehandel og geopolitikk i romersk Syria. Klassisk Forum. 54-69.
  • 2010. Liber Pontificalis and the Red Sea trade of the early fourth century.
  • 2010. Agency perspective on empires and their peripheries: the case of Palmyra.
  • 2009. Trade and Christianity on the Indian Ocean before Islam.
  • 2009. The paradox of Palmyra: Palmyrene trade in its economic and political context.
  • 2009. The First Two Seasons of Survey Palmyra-Issariah. The Joint Syrian-Norwegian project.
  • 2009. Shipwreck, Maroons and Monsters: The Hazards of Ancient Red Sea Navigation. 7 pages.
  • 2009. Ptolemaiere på elefantjakt. Klassisk Forum. 95-106.
  • 2009. Principal-agent relations in trade between Empires: The case of Palmyra.
  • 2009. Piratvirksomhet med historiske røtter. Historie.
  • 2009. Palmyrena: City, Hinterland and Caravan Trade between the Occident and the Orient.
  • 2009. Palmyrena: City, Hinterland and Caravan Trade between Orient and Occident.
  • 2009. Palmyra: Brudd og kontinuitet i senantikken.
  • 2009. Antikk økonomi og moderne historie. Fortid. 19-25.
  • 2008. Trade routes of Palmyra, with special notes on western routes in Palmyrene trade. 10 pages.
  • 2008. The Indian Ships at Moscha and the Indo-Arabian trading circuit. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies. 283-288.
  • 2008. The Indian Ocean and the Globalisation of the Ancient World. Ancient West & East. 65-77.
  • 2008. Taxation of ancient Indian Ocean trade. 18-30.
  • 2008. Shipwreck, monsters and maroons: the hazards of ancient Red Sea navigation.
  • 2008. Photographic web resource for the Indian Ocean: Bergen Ancient History Photo Archives. Journal of Indian Ocean Archeology. 113-114.
  • 2008. Kyrenaika: Grekerne på det grønne fjellet. Historie. 10 pages.
  • 2008. De lovløses havn. Bergens Tidende. 1 pages.
  • 2008. Antikkens globale verden: Asia, Europa og Afrika før Islam. Portal forlag.
  • 2007. The Indian Ocean in the Ancient Period: Definite Places, translocal exchange. Archaeopress.
  • 2007. Red Sea and Indian Ocean: Ports and their hinterland. 8 pages.
  • 2007. Ports, Ptolemy, Periplus and Poetry - Romans in Tamil South India and on the Bay of Bengal. 14 pages.
  • 2007. Indian Ships at Moscha and the Indo-Arabian trading circuit.
  • 2007. From Mediterranean to Malabar: trade and interdependence on the Indian Ocean.
  • 2007. Fra byttehandel til penger III.
  • 2007. Fra byttehandel til penger II.
  • 2007. Fra byttehandel til penger I.
  • 2007. Definite places, translocal exchange - an introduction. 6 pages.
  • 2007. Definite places, translocal exchange. 5 pages.
  • 2007. Between Mediterranean and Malabar: trade, economy and statecraft on the Indian Ocean.
  • 2007. Antikkens globale verden.
  • 2006. The Roman Attack on Aden: an unintended result of successful propaganda. Symbolae Osloenses. 60-67.
  • 2006. Money makes the world go around: Antikkens viktigste oppfinnelse?
  • 2006. Kulturminner i skuddlinjen. Bergens Tidende.
  • 2006. Indian Ocean in Antiquity: trade and the emerging state.
  • 2006. Indian Ocean and the Red Sea: Ports and their hinterlands.
  • 2006. Eritrea: Nasjonsbygging, kolonihistorie og arkitektur. Historie. 42-53.
  • 2006. Doktorgrad: Eivind Heldaas Seland (31) fra Kristiansand.
  • 2006. Bokmelding: Per Bjarne Ravnå, ”gresk og romersk politisk historie. HIFO-nytt. 28-30.
  • 2005. The Periplus' report of a Roman attack on Aden an unintended result of successful propaganda? Symbolae Osloenses. 60-67.
  • 2005. Langs Romerrikets grense i øst. Historie. 46-55.
  • 2005. Johan Henrik Schreiner: Two Battles and two Bills: Marathon and the Athenian Fleet (Bokmelding). Historisk Tidsskrift (Norge). 511-518.
  • 2005. Fra Hav til Hafrsfjord - Utstein før Harald Hårfagre. 35 pages.
  • 2005. Ancient South Arabia: trade and strategies of state control as seen in the Periplus Maris Erythraei. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies. 271-280.
  • 2004. Western routes in the eastern trade of Palmyra.
  • 2004. Trade and strategies of state control in the Periplus Maris Erythraei.
  • 2004. På reisefot i antikken. Historie. 50-59.
  • 2004. Et handelsperspektiv på arabisk ekspansjon rundt Det indiske hav i antikken. Historisk Tidsskrift (Norge). 521-535.
  • 2004. Et handelsperspektiv på arabisk ekspansjon rundt Det indiske hav i antikken.
  • 2003. Aksum - Antikkens glemte sivilisasjon. Historie. 22-32.
  • 2001. Handel og handelsveger i Sør-India. Et østlig handelsnettverk på Det indiske hav i antikken.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

2020-2022 I supervise the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie-IF-projects of Francesca Mazzilli, Regional Religious Networks in the Roman Empire and Tomas Glomb, Favorable Conditions of the Spread of the Cult of Asclepius across the Transportation Network of the Roman Mediterranean: A Quantitative Evaluation. 

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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