Conference: The World of Achaemenid Persia
conference coincides with the forthcoming exhibition Forgotten Empire: the World of Ancient
Persia which will also be held at the British
Prior to Alexander's conquest in the 3rd century BC, the Persian
was the mightiest the Middle
had yet seen. Ranging from Egypt
in the west to Pakistan
in the east, the main seat of power was at Persepolis
in the heart of southern Iran.
Sculptures illustrate the pre-eminence of the enthroned Great King, surrounded
by his Court and supported by representatives of the far-flung provinces.
Depictions and actual finds demonstrate the empire-wide circulation of
high-status objects, including gold and silver vessels, furniture and inlaid
jewelry made within a so-called 'Achaemenid Court Style'. This was also a period
of improved communications with a Royal
system and an early version of the Suez
linking the river Nile
with the Red
Religious realpolitik allowed
the Persian rulers to tolerate local religious diversity and the 'Cyrus
Cylinder' is therefore sometimes regarded as a charter of human rights. These
and many other aspects of the Achaemenid empire will be explored in this
conference which has attracted over fifty international speakers.
Education Centre, British
September - 1
and the Iran
Curtis, Farhad Hakimzadeh, Sam Moorhead, St
Simpson, Nigel Tallis.
Abdi, Bahram Adjerloo, Kourosh Afhami, Bjoern Anderson, Barbara Regine
Armbruster , Heather D Baker, Warwick Ball, Oric Basirov, Pierre Briant, Maria
Brosius, Annie Caubet, Alireza Askari Chaverdi, Michael Cowell, Vesta Sarkhosh
Curtis, Mehdi Daryaei, Elspeth R M Dusinberre, Susanne Ebbinghaus, Lisbeth S
Fried, Richard Nelson Frye, Wolfgang Gambke, Mark B Garrison, Andrew R George,
Hilary Gopnik, Thomas Harrison, Shalom E Holtz, Despina Ignatiadou, Bruno
Jacobs, Anke Joisten-Pruschke, Albert de Jong, Deniz Kaptan-Leitner, Philip
Gerrit Kreyenbroek, Amelie Kuhrt, Judith A Lerner, Yannick Lintz, Lloyd
Llewellyn-Jones, Parvin Loloi, John MacGinnis, Peter Magee, Sabrina Maras, Ali
Mousavi, Cindy Nimchuk, Cameron Petrie, Daniel T Potts, Shahrokh Razmjou,
Michael Roaf, Margaret Cool Root, Nick Secunda, Mojgan Seyedin, Shahpur
Shahbazi, St John Simpson, Abolala Soudavar, Mohammad Hassan Talebian, Nigel
Tallis, Christopher Tuplin, Melanie Wasmuth, Matt Waters, Wu Xin, Leonid T
Yablonsky and Ehsan Yaghmaee.
Fee covers: All
conference sessions, evening reception on 29 September, lunch, morning and
afternoon tea/coffee on all three conference days. Concession rate for BM
Friends, senior citizens, those in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Invalid
Care Allowance. Student rates for full time registered students. Concession and
student rates subject to proof of status. Registration fee is not
Early registration is
advised. The conference is expected to be oversubscribed.
Heritage Foundation, 5 Stanhope Gate, London
W1K 1AH. 44 20 74934766 (tel), 44 20 74999293 (fax), email@example.com
Link for programme,
registration and event details:
the programme, registration form and additional information on this event please
follow this link: www.iranheritage.org/achaemenidconference.
You can also register by contacting the Iran Heritage Foundation (see
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