Michael Speidel

Michael A. Speidel teaches Ancient History at the Universities of Zurich, Basel and Bern. He is currently also a Polonez fellow at the Institute of Archaeology of the University of Warsaw. Speidel’s research focuses on the history of the Roman Empire, imperial rule and frontier zones, including the connectivities that bound the Mediterranean basin to the larger ancient world of the Middle East, Africa, India and China. His research interests also include the material culture, Roman epigraphy, numismatics, and papyrology. Speidel was trained in Ancient History and other ancient world sciences at the universities of Zürich (PhD 1990), Basel, Heidelberg and Oxford. He received several significant grants, academic honours, and guest professorships. He also worked in museums, and produced and organized exhibitions, has conducted field work at several sites, including Zeugma on the Euphrates in Southern Turkey, where he also served as an advisor to the UNESCO special projects envoy.


46 Pages

Wars, Trade and Treaties. New, revised, and neglected sources for the political, diplomatic, and military aspects of imperial Rome’s relations with the Red Sea basin and India, from Augustus to Diocletian

In: K. S. Mathew (ed.), Imperial Rome, Indian Ocean Regions and Muziris: New Perspectives On Maritime Trade. New Dehli: 83-128.
This paper discusses new, revised, and neglected sources for imperial Rome’s economic, diplomatic, and military activities in the Red Sea basin and on the Indian West coast. It also explores Rome’s military and diplomatic investment

38 Pages

Perceptions from Beyond: Some Observations on non-Roman Assessments of the Roman Empire from the Great Eastern Trade Routes

Journal of Ancient Civilizations 30 (2015) 117-149 (together with A. Kolb)
The paper offers an overview and short discussion of contemporary assessments of ‘the Romans’ and the Roman Empire in literary and documentary sources from the great Eastern trade routes between the Mediterranean Sea and Ancient China. The paper also proposes new interpretations of the