Persia And The West: Archaeological Investigation Of The Genesis Achaemenid Persian Ar by John BoardmanPersia And The West: Archaeological Investigation Of The Genesis Achaemenid Persian Ar by John Boardman

Persia And The West: Archaeological Investigation Of The Genesis Achaemenid Persian Ar

byJohn Boardman

Hardcover | August 1, 2000

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The first kings of the Achaemenid Persian empire, Cyrus the Great and Darius, sought to devise for their capital cities new styles in monumental architecture and sculpture to express their imperial status and mastery of the known world. With no local tradition to guide designers, a homogeneous style was created from the example of the many new subjects -- Ionian Greeks, Lydians, Mesopotamians, and Egyptians. This book traces these sources and explores the way that traditional Achaemenid motifs, if not styles, also permeated the empire.

The Achaemenid Persian experiment was unique in antiquity, and it was successful for as long as the empire lasted. Even after Alexander the Great brought about its downfall, it continued to influence the arts from Greece to India. This is a record of the brilliant flowering of an artificial yet unified construct, unmatched in the art of the Old World.

Title:Persia And The West: Archaeological Investigation Of The Genesis Achaemenid Persian ArFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 7.93 × 10.75 × 1.13 inPublished:August 1, 2000Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:050005102X

ISBN - 13:9780500051023

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Architecture plays an important role in our modern society. It was also very important in ancient societies. John Boardman examines this architectural tradition in Persia and the West: An Archaeological Investigation of the Genesis of Achaemenid Persian Art. Boardman tells the story of Cyrus the Great and Darius, the first kings of the Achaemenid Persian empire. The two men created a new style of monumental architecture and sculpture that influenced future generations. The work contains 280 illustrations and is essential reading for people with an interest in archaeology and history.