Die jährlichen Kommissionstreffen finden soweit möglich in Präsenz statt. Nur auf diese Weise ergibt sich die für eine erfolgreiche Kommissionsarbeit zentrale transdisziplinäre Atmosphäre. Darüber hinaus ist dies auch für eine erfolgreiche Öffentlichkeitsarbeit zentral, da die Kommissionssitzungen und die dort geleistete Arbeit durch öffentliche Vorträge innerhalb und außerhalb der Akademie eine entsprechende Aufmerksamkeitsschwelle erreichen. Die Kommissionssitzungen finden zweimal jährlich statt, einmal verbunden mit der entsprechenden Konferenz vor Ort, einmal in Wien. Daneben werden im Rahmen der Kommissionsarbeit Vorträge, digitale Workshops und Podiumsdiskussionen veranstaltet.


The Achaemenid-Persian Empire at its Heyday? The Era between Darius II and Darius III

Please find the (preliminary) PROGRAM here.

The workshop aims at re-evaluating the period between Darius II and Darius III that is generally thought to represent a century of decline and downfall. Thus, traditional views have recently been challenged (see Julian Degen and Robert Rollinger, The “End” of the Achaemenid-Persian Empire: Caesura and Transformation in Dialogue, in: Michael Gehler, Robert Rollinger, and Philipp Strobl (eds.), The End of Empires (Universal- und kulturhistorische Studien / Studies in Universal and Cultural History), Wiesbaden: Springer 2022, 143-190).

The workshop intends to further develop such a critical approach on a broader and more interdisciplinary level. The proceedings will be published in an international series.

The Course and Consequence of the Last Great War of Antiquity

by James Howard-Johnston
November 24th 2022
Johannessaal ÖAW

Please find the PROGRAM here.

The paper focuses on the longest and most dramatic war between the Roman and Sasanian Empires in the seventh c. CE. Very recently the confrontation between these two super-powers has attracted a huge interest by a larger public due to spectacular archaeological findings at Ephesus. James Howard-Johnston will introduce into the events and the major repercussions, within the empires involved but also on its borderlands, Arabia being the most important one.

The Sack of Nineveh in 612 B.C.: Fall of an Empire?

by Giovanni Battista Lanfranchi
28. OKTOBER 2021
Museumszimmer ÖAW

Please find the ABSTRACT here.

The lecture is aimed at discussing the applicability of the term “empire” to the governmental structure commanded by the Neo-Assyrian kings during the first four centuries of the first millennium BC, and the modalities and consequences of its disappearance after the sack of Nineveh in 612 BC, both terms being usually associated in the commonly adopted historical formula “fall of the (Neo-)Assyrian Empire”.