Forgotten Empire: The World Of Ancient Persia - Exhibition Opens at the British Museum
exhibition is the most important and elaborate exhibition on Ancient Persia ever
was the largest and wealthiest state in the Ancient Near East, eclipsing
and overshadowing Greece
in the west. Between 550 BC and 330BC the Persians ruled an Empire that
stretched from North
to the Indus
and from Central
to the Arabian
This vast Empire was administered from the Persian homeland in South-West
and from capital cities such as Susa,
arguably the most magnificent site in the whole of the ancient world. The
exhibition shows the splendor of Ancient Persia as reflected in the
architecture, the sumptuousness of the material culture, and the sophistication
of the administration. This is the legacy of kings such as Cyrus, Darius and
Xerxes. This splendid civilization was brought to an end by the invasion of
Alexander the Great, who burnt Persepolis.
The Western World tends to know about the Persians through their wars with the
Greeks, suggesting that the Persians were a despotic and ruthless people, but
this is a western and ethnocentric view that is corrected in the exhibition
which relies on oriental sources rather than classical texts for information
about the Persians. With the present high level of public interest in the Middle
East there has never been a more appropriate time to examine in depth one of the
great Empires of antiquity. Finally, the exhibition explores the contribution of
the Persians to western civilisation.
in the exhibition will be substantial loans from the
museum, and the Louvre in Paris.
These will supplement the British
own significant holdings in this area. This will be the first time that many of
the objects from Tehran
have been outside Iran,
and some of the more precious gold and silver items have never been shown in
In addition to original material, spectacular casts of stone reliefs at
will be displayed. These were made by the Weld-Blundell expedition in 1891 and
are now in much better condition than the original reliefs at
9 September 2005 -
8 January 2006.
London WC1B 3DG.
Curtis, The British
Senior citizens 7
14-18 years 4
Season ticket (limited
availability) 20 GBP
Groups Special admission rates apply for
groups of 10 or more
Timed ticket entry
operates on a timed ticket entry system. To guarantee the entry time of your
choice advance booking is strongly recommended.
exhibition catalogue - including vital commentaries on Ancient Persia's history,
languages, architecture, religion and legacy, is available in the Museum, by
telephoning 0800 085 0864 or online at www.britishmuseum.co.uk/product.asp?product=1025
Link for event
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offer please follow this link: www.iranheritage.org/achaemenidexhibition.
Heritage Foundation, 5 Stanhope Gate, London
W1K 1AH. 44 20 74934766 (tel), 44 20 74999293 (fax),
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