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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, etc.) and Roman Armenia (and related issues involving the Arsacids, the Sasanians, Roman frontier studies, etc.). My first book Kinship Myth in Ancient Greece (reviewed in BMCR) 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 study on Strabo recently appearing in The Routledge Companion to Strabo.  Also forthcoming is a chapter on the writing of political myth, simply titled "Politics," for The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Mythography.  On the Roman side, I am currently writing a book on Roman Armenia.  My interest in this topic has yielded a number of recent publications, including "Caracalla's Armenia" in the journal Syllecta Classica; "Antony and Armenia" in TAPA; and a chapter titled “Minority Religions in the Sasanian Empire: Suppression, Integration, and Relations with Rome” in the edited volume Sasanian Persia: Between Rome and the Steppes of Eurasia.  I am the recipient of two Achievement and Contribution Awards, one in Research in 2014 and one in Balanced (Teaching, Research, and Service) in 2016.

Positions

Present Associate Professor, Eastern Illinois University History
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