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Conference: The World Of Achaemenid Persia

British Museum, September 29 – October 1, 2005,

Clore Education Centre, , Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

Organised by The British Museum and the Iran Heritage Foundation in association with the Persian Cultural Foundation.

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

Cyrus Cylinder


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 20058 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.

Registration fee

Full rate 100 GBP
Concession 80 GBP
Students 40 GBP

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.

The conference is expected to be overbooked. Early registration is essential. Do not assume that places will be available end of September.


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