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Elam and Persia

Edited by Javier Mon and Mark Garrison

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Elam and Persia

Edited by Javier Mon and Mark Garrison

The late 7th and 6th centuries B.C. were a period of tremendous upheaval and change in ancient western Asia, marked by the destruction of the Assyrian Empire, the rise and collapse of the Neo-Babylonian state, and the stunning ascent of what was to become the Achaemenid Persian Empire, the largest polity the world had yet seen. Of the major cultural entities involved in these far-reaching events, Elam has long remained the least understood. The essays contained in this book are part of a continuing reassessment of the nature and significance of Elam in the early 1st millennium B.C., with a focus on the relationship between “Elamite” culture of the Neo-Elamite period and the emerging “Persian” culture in southwestern Iran in the 7th and 6th centuries B.C.

 

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The late 7th and 6th centuries B.C. were a period of tremendous upheaval and change in ancient western Asia, marked by the destruction of the Assyrian Empire, the rise and collapse of the Neo-Babylonian state, and the stunning ascent of what was to become the Achaemenid Persian Empire, the largest polity the world had yet seen. Of the major cultural entities involved in these far-reaching events, Elam has long remained the least understood. The essays contained in this book are part of a continuing reassessment of the nature and significance of Elam in the early 1st millennium B.C., with a focus on the relationship between “Elamite” culture of the Neo-Elamite period and the emerging “Persian” culture in southwestern Iran in the 7th and 6th centuries B.C.

The conception of this volume goes back to the 2003 meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research that took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where two sessions were dedicated to the rich cultural heritage of ancient Iran. It was also the first time that Iranian archaeology was represented at ASOR since the Iranian Revolution. This volume contains 14 contributions by leading scholars in the discipline, organized into 3 sections: archaeology, texts, and images (art history).

The volume is richly illustrated with more than 200 drawings and photographs.

Introduction Javier Álvarez-Mon, Mark Garrison, and David Stronach

Part I: Archaeology

A Note on the Limits of Anšan D. T. Potts

Landscapes of Death in Susiana during the Last Half of the 2nd Millennium b.c. Elizabeth Carter

Part II: Texts

Elamite as Administrative Language: From Susa to Persepolis Gian Pietro Basello

Parnakka’s Feast: šip in Pārsa and Elam Wouter Henkelman

Elamitas Frente a Persas: El Reino Independiente de Anšan Enrique Quintana Cifuentes

English summary: Elamites and Persians: The Independent Kingdom of Anšan Iranians in Neo-Elamite Texts Jan Tavernier

Darius, l’héritier légitime et les premiers Achéménides François Vallat

Parsumaš, Anšan, and Cyrus Matt Waters

Part III: Images

The Golden Griffin from Arjan Javier Álvarez-Mon

The Seal of “Kuraš the Anzanite Son of Šešpes” (Teispes) PFS 93*: Susa—Anšan—Persepolis Mark B. Garrison

New Evidence for Mannean Art: An Assessment of Three Glazed Tiles from Qalaichi (Izirtu) Y. Hassanzadeh and H. Mollasalehi

Elam in the Imperial Imagination: From Nineveh to Persepolis Margaret C. Root

Court Dress and Riding Dress at Persepolis: New Approaches to Old Questions David Stronach

Postscript: The Legacy of Elam Javier Álvarez-Mon and Mark Garrison

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