The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Iran (Oxford Handbooks)

The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Iran (Oxford Handbooks)

By: D. T. Potts (editor)Hardback

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Iran's heritage is as varied as it is complex, and the archaeological, philological, and linguisitc scholarship of the region has not been the focus of a a synoptic study for many decades. Thus, The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Iran fills a longstanding gap in the literature of the ancient Near East, providing up-to-date, authoritative essays by leading specialists based both inside and outside of Iran on a wide range of topics extending from the earliest Paleolithic settlements in the Pleistocene era to the Islamic conquest in the 7th century AD. The volume is divided into sections covering prehstory, the Chalcolithic, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Achaemenid period, the Seleucid and Arsacid periods, and the Sasanian period, concluding with the Arab conquest of Iran. In addition, more specialized chapters are included that treat numismatics (Elymaean, Arsacid, Persid and Sasanian), religion (the Avesta and Zoroastrianism), languages (proto-Elamite, Elamite, Akkadian, Old Persian, Greek, Aramaic, Parthian and Middle Persian), political ideology, calendrics, textiles, administrative seals and sealing, Sasanian silver and reliefs, and political relations with Rome and Byzantium. No other single volume covers as much of Iran's archaeology and history with the same degree of authority. This work will be of vast interest to a wide range of students and scholars, from archaeologists and art historians to philologists, Classicists, ancient historians, religious historians, and numismatists.

About Author

D. T. Potts is Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and History, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU.


Contributors ; Acknowledgements ; List of abbreviations ; Introduction ; Part I. Background and beginnings ; 1. The history of archaeological research in Iran: A brief survey ; Ali Mousavi ; 2. Key questions regarding the palaeoenvironment of Iran ; Matthew D. Jones ; 3. The Paleolithic of Iran ; Nicholas J. Conard, Elham Ghasidian and Saman Heydari-Guran ; 4. The development and expansion of a Neolithic way of life ; Lloyd R. Weeks ; Part II. The Chalcolithic period ; 5. The Chalcolithic of northern Iran ; Barbara Helwing ; 6. The Chalcolithic in the central Zagros ; Abbas Moghaddam and Ardashir Javanmardzadeh ; 7. The Later Village (Chalcolithic) period in Khuzestan ; Abbas Moghaddam ; 8. The Chalcolithic in southern Iran ; Cameron A. Petrie ; Part III. The Bronze Age ; 9. The Early Bronze Age in northwestern Iran ; Geoffrey D. Summers ; 10. The Bronze Age in northeastern Iran ; Christopher P. Thornton ; 11. Luristan and the central Zagros in the Bronze Age ; D. T. Potts ; 12. Khuzestan in the Bronze Age ; Javier Alvarez-Mon ; 13. Early writing in Iran ; J.L. Dahl ; 14. The use of Akkadian in Iran ; Katrien De Graef ; 15. Bronze Age Fars ; Bernadette McCall ; 16. Eastern Iran in the Early Bronze Age ; Holly Pittman ; Part IV. The Iron Age ; 17. The Late Bronze and Early Iron Age in northwestern Iran ; Michael D. Danti ; 18. Luristan during the Iron Age ; Bruno Overlaet ; 19. The central Alborz region in the Iron Age ; Ali Mousavi ; 20. Linguistic groups in Iran ; Ran Zadok ; 21. Iranian migration ; M. Witzel ; 22. Assyria and the Medes ; Karen Radner ; 23. Elam in the Iron Age ; Javier Alvarez-Mon ; 24. Elam, Assyria, and Babylonia in the early 1st millennium BC ; Matt Waters ; 25. Iron Age southeastern Iran ; Peter Magee ; Part V. The Achaemenid period ; 26. Southwestern Iran in the Achaemenid period ; Remy Boucharlat ; 27. Administrative realities: The Persepolis Archives and the archaeology of the Achaemenid heartland ; Wouter F.M. Henkelman ; 28. Avesta and Zoroastrianism under the Achaemenids and early Sasanians ; P.O. Skjaervo ; 29. Royal Achaemenid iconography ; Mark B. Garrison ; 30. Color and gilding in Achaemenid architecture and sculpture ; Alexander Nagel ; 31. Eastern Iran in the Achaemenid period ; Bruno Genito ; 32. Old Persian ; Jan Tavernier ; 33. Greek sources on Achaemenid Iran ; Maria Brosius ; VI. Seleucid, post-Achaemenid and Arsacid archaeology and history ; 34. Alexander the Great and the Seleucids in Iran ; Paul Kosmin ; 35. Media, Khuzestan and Fars between the end of the Achaemenids and the rise of the Sasanians ; Pierfrancesco Callieri and Alireza Askari Chaverdi ; 36. Fratarak? and Seleucids ; Josef Wiesehofer ; 37. The Arsacids (Parthians) ; Stefan R. Hauser ; 38. Parthian and Elymaean rock reliefs ; Trudy S. Kawami ; 39. Arsacid, Elymaean and Persid coinage ; Khodadad Rezakhani ; 40. Aramaic, Parthian and Middle Persian ; Seiro Haruta ; 41. The use of Greek in pre-Sasanian Iran ; Georges Rougemont ; VII. The Sasanian period ; 42. Sasanian political ideology ; M. Rahim Shayegan ; 43. Sasanian coinage ; Nikolaus Schindel ; 44. Sasanian interactions with Rome and Byzantium ; P. Edwell ; 45. Sasanian rock reliefs ; Matthew P. Canepa ; 46. Kuh-e Khwaja and the religious architecture of Sasanian Iran ; Soroor Ghanimati ; 47. Sasanian administation and sealing practices ; Negin Miri ; 48. Luxury silver vessels of the Sasanian period ; Kate Masia-Radford ; 49. Sasanian textiles ; Carol Bier ; 50. Pre-Islamic Iranian calendrical systems in the context of Iranian religious and scientific history ; Antonio Panaino ; 51. The Islamic conquest of Sasanian Iran ; Michael Morony

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