Kuhrt, A. 2001. “The Achaemenid Persian empire (c. 550-330 BCE): continuities, adaptations, transformations.” In Empires, ed. S. Alcock, et al (2001), 93-123 (for background) Kuhrt Achaem Empire 2001
Nylander, C. 1979. “Achaemenid Imperial Art.” In Power and Propaganda: A Symposium on Ancient Empires, edited by M. T. Larsen. Copenhagen. pp 345-59. Nylander
Root, M. C. 2000. “Imperial Ideology in Achaemenid Persian Art: Transforming the Mesopotamian Legacy.” Canadian Society for Mesoopotamian Studies Bulletin 35. Root Imperial Ideology
Selection of Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions Achaemenid Inscriptions
Like last week, I will also post a series of images for you to look at ahead of time. As you look at the art and inscriptions, consider the ways in which Achaemenid Persian official art is similar to and different to Assyrian official text and art. Both Nylander and Root make arguments that Achaemenid imperial art is carefully constructed and looks the way it does in order to correspond to a particular imperial ideology. How convincing do you find their arguments and the connections they make between Achaemenid art and earlier artistic canons?
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