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 Persia and the ancient Iranian world utilized the built and natural environment to form and contest Iranian cultural memory, royal identity, and sacred cosmologies. Investigating over a thousand years of history, from the Achaemenid period to the arrival of Islam,The Iranian Expanseargues that Iranian identities were built and shaped not by royal discourse alone, but by strategic changes to Western Asia's cities, sanctuaries, palaces, and landscapes.The Iranian Expansecritically examines the construction of a new Iranian royal identity and empire, which subsumed and subordinated all previous traditions, including those of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Anatolia. It then delves into the startling innovations that emerged after Alexander under the Seleucids, Arsacids, Kushans, Sasanians, and the Perso-Macedonian dynasties of Anatolia and the Caucasus, a previously understudied and misunderstood period. Matthew P. Canepa elucidates the many ruptures and renovations that produced a new royal culture that deeply influenced not only early Islam, but also the wider Persianate world of the Il-Khans, Safavids, Timurids, Ottomans, 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:512 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.98 inPublished:June 12, 2018Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520290038

ISBN - 13:9780520290037

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