Research Topic: Overnight Empire: The Attalids of Pergamon and Anatolia
Dr. Kaye is an ancient historian and archaeologist with a focus on the political economy of the Hellenistic kingdoms of the eastern Mediterranean. He holds a PhD from UC-Berkeley (Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, 2012) and formerly held a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Haifa, Israel. Currently, he is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Michigan State University. At ANAMED, his project takes up the surprising success of the Attalids of Pergamon, late Hellenistic upstarts who managed to rapidly integrate large parts of Anatolia and the Aegean into a coherent empire around 150 BC. The project, “Overnight Empire, the Attalids of Pergamon and Anatolia,” looks at how Pergamene habits of taxation, an innovative monetary system, imperial patronage of civic institutions and ecumenical cultural politics solidified Attalid rule in Anatolia. The project highlights the interface between royal and civic institutions and identities, both those of the Aegean polis as well as those of Anatolian polities built on different models. Dr. Kaye is also a field archaeologist, numismatist, and epigrapher, working in Mersin/Rough Cilicia under the directorship of Günder Varinlioğlu (Boğsak Archaeological Survey/Mimar Sinan University), investigating Dana Adası and Aphrodisias in Cilicia.
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