Speakers and General Meetings

Denver Chapter Meetings

  • The meetings most often take place in the VIP Room, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO at 7:00 p.m.
  • Enter the VIP Room using the Security Entrance (north side). The auditorium opens at 6:30 p.m. for evening lectures and events.
Chapter meeting dates for 2018:
  • 10/1/2018-First Monday of the month
  • 11/5/2018-First Monday of the month

All are welcome!

Upcoming Meeting

Monday, October 1st, 2018
VIP Room, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

7:00 PM

Brandon R. Olson


Approaching an Assessment of Imperial Dynamics in the Early Hellenistic East


The term “Hellenistic” is a modern construct used to define the period when Greek culture spread east following the death of Alexander the Great in the last quarter of the third century BC and ending with the arrival of the Romans. The era’s political organization comprised mostly concurrent, feuding kingdoms (i.e., Ptolemaic, Seleucid, Antigonid, Attalid) that stretched from Greece in the west to the Indus Valley in the east and from the southern coast of the Black Sea in the north to Lower Egypt in the south. Studies focusing on the ways in which early Hellenistic leaders consolidated and governed large swaths of Alexander’s former realm vary and are plagued by a dearth of evidence. This work seeks to contribute to this dialogue in offering solutions to the evidence problem and presenting a new narrative of imperial dynamics in the Hellenistic east using both survey and archaeological data.

Speaker Bio:
Brandon Olson received his Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Fort Lewis College (Durango, CO). He continued his studies of the ancient past with Master’s Degrees in European Historical Archaeology from the University of Sheffield (Sheffield, England), History from the University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND), and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies from the Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA). He completed his studies with a
Ph.D. in Archaeology from Boston University (Boston, MA) in 2016. Brandon taught at Tufts University before returning to Denver to join the History Department at Metropolitan State University as Affiliate Faculty. He co-directs excavations at the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project (Larnaca, Cyprus) and has research interests in the Hellenistic and early Roman words, ancient ceramics, and geospatial approaches to archaeological methods.