Conference: The World Of Achaemenid Persia
September 29 – October
Education Centre, , Great
by The British Museum and the Iran
Heritage Foundation in association with the Persian Cultural
Curtis, Farhad Hakimzadeh, Sam Moorhead, St John Simpson, Nigel
conference coincides with the forthcoming exhibition Forgotten Empire: the World of Ancient
Persia which will also be held at the
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
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.
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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