The Iranian Expanse: Transforming Royal Identity through Architecture, Landscape, and the Built Environment, 550 BCE?642 by Matthew P. CanepaThe Iranian Expanse: Transforming Royal Identity through Architecture, Landscape, and the Built Environment, 550 BCE?642 by Matthew P. Canepa

The Iranian Expanse: Transforming Royal Identity through Architecture, Landscape, and the Built…

byMatthew P. Canepa

Hardcover | June 12, 2018

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The Iranian Expanseexplores how kings in the ancient Iranian world utilized the built and natural environment—everything from royal cities and paradise gardens, to hunting enclosures and fire temples—to form and contest Iranian cultural memory, royal identity, and sacred cosmologies over a thousand years of history. Although scholars have often noted startling continuities between the traditions of the Achaemenids and the art and architecture of medieval or Early Modern Islam, the tumultuous millennium between Alexander and Islam has routinely been downplayed or omitted.The Iranian Expansedelves into this fascinating period, examining royal culture and identity as something built and shaped by strategic changes to architectonic and urban spaces and the landscape of Western Asia. Canepa shows how the Seleucids, Arsacids, and Sasanians played a transformative role in developing a new Iranian royal culture that deeply influenced not only early Islam, but also the wider Persianate world of the Il-Khans, Safavids, Timurids, and Mughals.
Matthew P. Canepais Professor of Art History at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
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Title:The Iranian Expanse: Transforming Royal Identity through Architecture, Landscape, and the Built…Format:HardcoverDimensions:442 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.98 inPublished:June 12, 2018Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520290038

ISBN - 13:9780520290037

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