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About Lee E. Patterson

Two distinct fields compete for my scholarly time: political uses of myth in the Greek world (and related issues involving perceptions of myth by Strabo, Pausanias, Herodotus, etc.) and Roman Armenia (and related issues involving the Parthians, the Sasanians, Roman frontier studies, etc.). My first book Kinship Myth in Ancient Greece examined communities (and sometimes kings like Alexander the Great) that invoked shared putative ancestors to justify a diplomatic venture. On authors’ attitudes toward myth I have published articles in various journals, with a new study on Strabo appearing in Writing Myth: Mythography in the Ancient World, edited by R. Scott Smith and Stephen M. Trzaskoma. On the Roman side, I am currently writing a book on Roman Armenia. My interest in this topic has yielded entries on Armenia, Parthia, and the Caucasus for the Virgil Encyclopedia, recently published by Wiley-Blackwell, and two articles: "Caracalla's Armenia," recently published in Syllecta Classica, and "Antony and Armenia," forthcoming in TAPA. I am also preparing a chapter for a forthcoming companion volume on Rome and Persia to be published by Wiley-Blackwell as well as a chapter on myth in Strabo for the Routledge Companion to Strabo. In November 2013 I presented a paper on Roman-Sasanian relations at the conference "Persia and Rum" in Rome, Italy.

Positions

Present Associate Professor, Eastern Illinois University History
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Articles (7)

Books (1)

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