Omar Coloru

Omar Coloru holds a PhD in Ancient History from the Universities of Pisa and Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. His studies included Greek History and Epigraphy, Numismatics, Assiriology and Near Eastern History. From 2010 to 2011 he was a postdoctoral researcher and a research fellow from 2011-2012 at the Collège de France at the Chaire d’histoire et civilisation du monde achéménide et de l’Empire d’Alexandre. During this period, he employed at the Virtual Museum of the Achaemenid Empire (MAVI) for studying the drawings of pre-Islamic antiquities of Persia made by modern European travellers (XVI – early XX centuries). Besides this he was responsible for the analysis and indexation of almost 1000 coins (mainly Greek, Phoenician, Lycian and Cilician) from the collection of the French National Library as well as the indexation of the Greek inscriptions concerning the Achaemenid Empire. Since 2014 Omar Coloru is an associate member of the research team UMR 7041, ArScAn- HAROC (Maison de l’archéologie et de l’ethnologie Réné-Ginouvès, University of Nanterre). His research focuses on the Hellenistic period, with special attention to Hellenism in Iran and Central Asia, the Seleucid kingdom, ancient and modern travellers in the East, and the relations between Greeks and Iranians. In 2009 he published a monograph on the Greek kingdom of Bactria “Da Alessandro a Menandro. Il regno greco di Battriana”. During his research stay at Topoi, he supports research group (C-5) Common Sense Geography by improving the concepts of “landmarks” and “frames of reference” which are central elements of the ancient space perception, – orientation and – description developed in the “Geography” of Strabo.

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