Aitor Blanco Pérez

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Researcher in Greek epigraphy and literature

Aitor Blanco Pérez is responsible for Greek epigraphic and literary sources from the 2nd century BCE to the 4th century CE.

Aitor Blanco Pérez completed his Classics degree at the University of Salamanca and gained his masters and doctorate from the University of Oxford in 2015. His thesis, supervised by Prof. Christina Kuhn and entitled “The 3rd Century A.D. in South-Western Asia Minor: Epigraphic Studies into Civic Life and Diplomatic Relations with Rome”, sought to reconsider the inscriptions produced by the settlements on the Anatolian peninsula – modern Turkey – from the death of the emperor Commodus (192 CE) to Diocletian's accession (284). During these doctoral studies, he conducted research stays at Princeton University, the Munich-DAI Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik and various Turkish institutions (Akdeniz, BIAA) as a Craven Scholar. 

Between 2015 and 2016, Aitor was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Cologne under the sponsorship of Prof. W. Ameling and the Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung. From 2017, he will also start teaching at the University of Navarra.

His research interests lie particularly in the area of Greek culture and the processes of interaction and communication existing between Rome and the local communities of the eastern Mediterranean.
  • “Nomenclature and Dating in Roman Asia Minor: (M.) Aurelius/a and the 3rd Century AD”, in: ZPE 199 (2016), pp. 271-293. 
  • “Mên Askaenos and the Native Cults of Antioch by Pisidia”, in: de Hoz, M.P., Between Tarhuntas and Zeus Polieus: Cultural Crossroads in Temples and Cults of Graeco-Roman Anatolia (Peteers: Leuven, 2016), pp. 117-153. 
  • “Apamea and the Integration of a Roman Colony in Western Asia Minor”, in: Roselaar, S.T., Processes of Cultural Change and Integration in the Roman World (Brill: Leiden, 2015), pp. 136-156.
  • “C. Claudius Lucianus: an Eirenarch from Akmoneia Selected by the Proconsul M. Sulpicius Crassus. A Note on SEG 56.149", in: ZPE 186 (2013), pp. 190-194.
  • “Themistius and the Accession of Theodosius I (Orat. XIV)”, in: García-Gasco, R. et. al., The Theodosian Age (A.D. 379-455): Power, place, belief and learning at the end of the Western Empire, (B.A.R.: Oxford, 2013), pp. 145-153.
  • “The Internal Insecurity of Pisidia at the End of the 3rd Century AD: ‘Barbarian’ Attacks or a Rebellion of Roman Citizens?” in: Álvarez Jiménez, D. et. al., El espejismo del bárbaro. Ciudadanos y extranjeros al final de la Antigüedad (Universitat Jaume I: Castellón, 2013), pp. 65-86.



Lerouxel (F.), Pont (A.-V.) (edd.) Propriétaires et citoyens dans l’Orient romain. (Scripta Antiqua 84. Bordeaux: Ausonius, 2016) for The Classical Review 67.1 (2017).


Work in Progress:

“Cultural Frontiers and Local Epigraphic Habits in Roman Anatolia: The Case of Lydia” for the AIEGL International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (Vienna, August 2017)

“Local Epigraphic Sources and Civic Life in South-Western Asia Minor: AD 270–305” for the research project Regionalism and Integration in the Later Roman Empire (University of St. Andrews, June 2016).

“Asia Menor y el fin de la edad de oro: Continuidad, transformación y crisis entre los siglos II y III d.C.” for the research project Oppida Labentia directed by Prof. Javier Andreu (University of Navarra). 

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