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Conference: The World of Achaemenid Persia


This conference coincides with the forthcoming exhibition Forgotten Empire: the World of Ancient Persia which will also be held at the British Museum (8 September 2005 - 8 January 2006). Prior to Alexander's conquest in the 3rd century BC, the Persian empire was the mightiest the Middle East 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 Road system and an early version of the Suez canal linking the river Nile with the Red Sea. 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.



Clore Education Centre, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG.


29 September - 1 October 2005.

Organized by:

The British Museum and the Iran Heritage Foundation.

Conference committee:

John Curtis, Farhad Hakimzadeh, Sam Moorhead, St John Simpson, Nigel Tallis.


Kamyar 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.

Registration fee:

Full rate: 100 GBP
Concession: 80 GBP
Students: 40 GBP
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 refundable.

Early registration is advised. The conference is expected to be oversubscribed.



The Iran Heritage Foundation, 5 Stanhope Gate, London W1K 1AH. 44 20 74934766 (tel), 44 20 74999293 (fax),

Link for programme, registration and event details:

For the programme, registration form and additional information on this event please follow this link: You can also register by contacting the Iran Heritage Foundation (see 'enquiries' above).

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