The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Iran

Hardcover | July 5, 2013

EditorD. T. Potts

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Iran's heritage is as varied as it is complex, and the archaeological, philological, and linguisitc scholarship of the region has not been the focus of a a synoptic study for many decades. Thus, The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Iran fills a longstanding gap in the literature of the ancient NearEast, providing up-to-date, authoritative essays by leading specialists based both inside and outside of Iran on a wide range of topics extending from the earliest Paleolithic settlements in the Pleistocene era to the Islamic conquest in the 7th century AD. The volume is divided into sections covering prehstory, the Chalcolithic, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Achaemenid period, the Seleucid and Arsacid periods, and the Sasanian period, concluding with the Arab conquest of Iran. In addition, more specialized chapters are included that treatnumismatics (Elymaean, Arsacid, Persid and Sasanian), religion (the Avesta and Zoroastrianism), languages (proto-Elamite, Elamite, Akkadian, Old Persian, Greek, Aramaic, Parthian and Middle Persian), political ideology, calendrics, textiles, administrative seals and sealing, Sasanian silver andreliefs, and political relations with Rome and Byzantium. No other single volume covers as much of Iran's archaeology and history with the same degree of authority. This work will be of vast interest to a wide range of students and scholars, from archaeologists and art historians to philologists, Classicists, ancient historians, religious historians, andnumismatists.

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Iran's heritage is as varied as it is complex, and the archaeological, philological, and linguisitc scholarship of the region has not been the focus of a a synoptic study for many decades. Thus, The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Iran fills a longstanding gap in the literature of the ancient NearEast, providing up-to-date, authoritative es...

D. T. Potts is Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and History at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:1136 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.98 inPublished:July 5, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsAcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsIntroductionPart I. Background and beginnings1. Ali Mousavi: The history of archaeological research in Iran: A brief survey2. Matthew D. Jones: Key questions regarding the palaeoenvironment of Iran3. Nicholas J. Conard, Elham Ghasidian and Saman Heydari-Guran: The Paleolithic of Iran4. Lloyd R. Weeks: The development and expansion of a Neolithic way of lifePart II. The Chalcolithic period5. Barbara Helwing: The Chalcolithic of northern Iran6. Abbas Moghaddam and Ardashir Javanmardzadeh: The Chalcolithic in the central Zagros7. Abbas Moghaddam: The Later Village (Chalcolithic) period in Khuzestan8. Cameron A. Petrie: The Chalcolithic in southern IranPart III. The Bronze Age9. Geoffrey D. Summers: The Early Bronze Age in northwestern Iran10. Christopher P. Thornton: The Bronze Age in northeastern Iran11. D.T. Potts: Luristan and the central Zagros in the Bronze Age12. Javier Alvarez-Mon: Khuzestan in the Bronze Age13. J.L. Dahl: Early writing in Iran14. Katrien De Graef: The use of Akkadian in Iran15. Bernadette McCall: Bronze Age Fars16. Holly Pittman: Eastern Iran in the Early Bronze AgePart IV. The Iron Age17. Michael D. Danti: The Late Bronze and Early Iron Age in northwestern Iran18. Bruno Overlaet: Luristan during the Iron Age19. Ali Mousavi: The central Alborz region in the Iron Age20. Ran Zadok: Linguistic groups in Iran21. M. Witzel: Iranian migration22. Karen Radner: Assyria and the Medes23. Javier Alvarez-Mon: Elam in the Iron Age24. Matt Walters: Elam, Assyria, and Babylonia in the early 1st millennium BC25. Peter Magee: Iron Age southeastern IranPart V. The Achaemenid period26. Remy Boucharlat: Southwestern Iran in the Achaemenid period27. Wouter F.M. Henkelman: Administrative realities: The Persepolis Archives and the archaeology of the Achaemenid heartland28. P.O. Skjrvo: Avesta and Zoroastrianism under the Achaemenids and early Sasanians29. Mark B. Garrison: Royal Achaemenid iconography30. Alexander Nagel: Color and gilding in Achaemenid architecture and sculpture31. Bruno Genito: Eastern Iran in the Achaemenid period32. Jan Tavernier: Old Persian33. Maria Brosius: Greek sources on Achaemenid IranPart VI. Seleucid, post-Achaemenid and Arsacid archaeology and history34. Paul Kosmin: Alexander the Great and the Seleucids in Iran35. Pierfrancesco Callieri and Alireza Askari Chaverdi: Media, Khuzestan and Fars between the end of the Achaemenids and the rise of the Sasanians36. Josef Wiesehfer: Fratarak? and Seleucids37. Stefan R. Hauser: The Arsacids (Parthians)38. Trudy S. Kawami: Parthian and Elymaean rock reliefs39. Khodadad Rezakhani: Arsacid, Elymaean and Persid coinage40. Serio Haruta: Aramaic, Parthian and Middle Persian41. Georges Rougemont: The use of Greek in pre-Sasanian IranPart VII. The Sasanian period42. M. Rahim Shayegan: Sasanian political ideology43. Nikolaus Schindel: Sasanian coinage44. P. Edwell: Sasanian interactions with Rome and Byzantium45. Matthew P. Canepa: Sasanian rock reliefs46. Soroor Ghanimati: Kuh-e Khwaja and the religious architecture of Sasanian Iran47. Negin Miri: Sasanian administation and sealing practices48. Kate Masia-Radford: Luxury silver vessels of the Sasanian period49. Carol Bier: Sasanian textiles50. Antonio Panaino: Pre-Islamic Iranian calendrical systems in the context of Iranian religious and scientific history51. Michael Morony: The Islamic conquest of Sasanian Iran