Lecture in London by Prof. Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones
Organized by: Iran Heritage Foundation
Date & Time: Wednesday 27th February at 18.30
Venue: Asia House - 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP
Women are notoriously difficult to find in the indigenous sources of
Achaemenid Iran. They are not absent, indeed sources show that royal women could
be powerful, wealthy, and influential, but their presence has to be filtered
through a range of diverse sources. There is no large-scale presence of women in
official Achaemenid art, but that is not to say that the iconography does not
exist. In this lecture, Prof. Llewellyn-Jones will bring together the visual
representations of women from across the Achaemenid empire and explore the
diversity of female 'types' encountered in small-scale artworks like seal
images, jewellery and textiles.
This lecture will also consider how, in recent times, Iranian artists have projected an empowered image of Achaemenid women, which has contributed to a form of cultural myth-making about the freedom of women in the pre-Islamic past. The work of the popular artist Hojat Shakiba will be considered (in particular his Irandokht and Kourosh series) and his works will be examined for what they say about current perceptions of ancient Persian women and the way in which the female image in his works creates a kind of Iranian made self-Orientalism.
Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones is Professor of Ancient History at Cardiff University.
He is a specialist in the history of ancient Persia and the Near East, ancient
monarchy, and the reception of antiquity. Recent publications include King
and Court in Ancient Persia (2013), The Culture
of Animals in Antiquity (2017), and Designs on
the Past: How Hollywood Created the Ancient World (2018). He is
currently writing a book on the history and culture of Achaemenid Iran and a
study of the Hebrew Book of Esther and its Persian setting.
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