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Curtis, John 1946-

Overview
Works: 88 works in 373 publications in 3 languages and 7,038 library holdings
Genres: History  Exhibition catalogs  Conference papers and proceedings  Art  Sources  Military history  Festschriften 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Honoree, Author of introduction, Contributor
Classifications: DS276, 935
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Most widely held works by John Curtis
Forgotten empire : the world of ancient Persia by British Museum( Book )

25 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and Swedish and held by 911 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This catalogue provides a unique insight into the wealth and splendour of Persian society - its magnificent palaces, exquisite craftsmanship and sophisticated administration. As the palace was central to imperial life, the objects illustrated are grouped in themes within a palatial context, the remains from the royal sites of Susa and Persepolis providing the major focus. Included are sections on gold jewellery, luxury tableware, religious and burial customs, and transport and commerce. Also discussed is the expansion of the Persian Empire, including the Graeco-Persian Wars, and the rediscovery of Ancient Persia."--Jacket
Art and empire : treasures from Assyria in the British Museum by John Curtis( Book )

26 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 703 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The British Museum has one of the finest collections of Assyrian artifacts in the world, centered around the famous carved stone reliefs from the palaces of the Assyrian kings at Nimrud and Nineveh. Dating from the ninth to the seventh centuries B.C., these remarkable sculptures show the kings' exploits in battle and in hunting, and ceremonies at the Assyrian court. This catalogue describes their excavation in the mid-nineteenth century and the excitement aroused in Western Europe by the discovery of reliefs depicting peoples mentioned in the Bible. A broader picture of life in Assyria is created by numerous smaller objects, such as delicate ivories, embossed bronze bowls, ceramic and glass vessels, and exquisite cylinder seals carved in miniature. Particularly important are the clay tablets from the royal library of King Ashurbanipal, written in the cuneiform script and dealing with a wide range of subjects, from the administration of the empire to magic, religion and divination, astronomy, mathematics, medicine, history and literature. The book is written by a team of experts, mainly from the British Museum, and more than 250 items are described and illustrated in color, providing a magnificent record of one of the great civilizations of antiquity
Ancient Persia by John Curtis( Book )

16 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Babylon( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is published to accompany the major exhibition 'Babylon: Myth and Reality' at the British Museum. It draws on three of the most important collections of artefacts from the ancient city of Babylon, at the British Museum itself, the Musee du Louvre and the Reunion des Musees Nationaux, Paris and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, as well as other world collections."--Jacket
Bronzeworking centres of Western Asia, c. 1000-539 B.C. by John Curtis( Book )

11 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The world of Achaemenid Persia : history, art and society in Iran and the ancient Near East : proceedings of a conference at the British Museum 29th September-1st October 2005 by British Museum( Book )

17 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Major Guide To and an explanation of the whole Phenomenon of the Persian Empire, from the acknowledged experts."--Jacket
Fifty years of Mesopotamian discovery : the work of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq, 1932-1982( Book )

9 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cyrus Cylinder and ancient Persia : a new beginning for the Middle East by John Curtis( Book )

14 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cyrus Cylinder is one of the most famous objects to have survived from the ancient world. The Cylinder was inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform on the orders of the Persian King Cyrus the Great (559-530BC) after he captured Babylon in 539BC. It is often referred to as the first bill of human rights as it appears to permit freedom of worship throughout the Persian Empire and to allow deported people to return to their homelands. It is valued by people all around the world as a symbol of tolerance and respect for different peoples and different faiths, so much so that a copy of the cylinder is on display in the United Nations building in New York. This catalogue is being published in conjunction with the first ever tour of the object to the United States, along with sixteen other objects from the British Museum's collection. The book discusses how these objects demonstrate the innovations initiated by Persian rule in the Ancient Near East (550 BC-331 BC), a prime example being a gold plaque from the Oxus Treasure with the representation of a priest that shows the spread of the Zoroastrian religion. The book offers a new authoritative translation of the Cyrus Cylinder by Irving Finkel and the publication of two fragments of a cuneiform tablet that show how the Cyrus Cylinder was most probably a proclamation and not just a foundation deposit
Later Mesopotamia and Iran : tribes and empires, 1600-539 BC : proceedings of a seminar in memory of Vladimir G. Lukonin by John Curtis( Book )

13 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The centuries between 1600 BC and 539 BC (the start of the Persian period) were an important and formative time in the history of the ancient Near East. These years saw the domination of Babylonia and parts of Western Iran by the Kassites, the continuing arrival in Iran of Indo-European tribes that included the Medes and the Persians, and the establishment of the Late Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian empires." "Relations between Mesopotamia and Iran during this period were the subject of a seminar at the British Museum in July 1993, held in memory of Vladimir G. Lukonin and sponsored by Raymond and Beverly Sakler. Four distinguished scholars spoke at that seminar, the proceedings of which are published in this volume. Agnes Spyket (formerly of the Musee de Louvre) spoke on Kassite and Middle Elamite sculpture. Professor Dr. Peter Calmeyer of the Deutsches Archaologisches Institute, Berlin, discussed Middle Babylonian art and contemporary Iran. Professor Dr. Louis Vanden Berghe (now sadly deceased) drew on his vast experience of Iranian archaeology to describe excavations in Luristan and relations with Mesopotamia. Finally Dr. Michael Roaf of Oxford University spoke on the history and architecture of Media and Mesopotamia." "This is a companion volume and sequel to Early Mesopotamia and Iran: Contact and Conflict c.3500-1600 BC, the proceedings of a seminar held in 1991. The book is edited with an introduction by Dr. John Curtis, Keeper of Western Asiatic Antiquities at the British Museum."--BOOK JACKET
Early Mesopotamia and Iran : contact and conflict, 3500-1600 BC( Book )

18 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mesopotamia and Iran in the Parthian and Sasanian periods : rejection and revival c. 238 BC-AD 642 : proceedings of a seminar in memory of Vladimir G. Lukonin ; funded by a gift from Raymond and Beverly Sackler by Seminar in Memory of Vladimir G. Lukonin( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Published in this volume are the papers delivered at the fourth seminar in memory of Vladimir Lukonin. This series has examined relations between Mesopotamia and Iran from the earliest historical period onwards, and this latest and last seminar deals with the Parthian and Sasanian periods, between c.238 B.C. and A.D. 642." "This epoch witnessed a rejection of the Hellenistic ideals introduced by Alexander and, with the coming to power of two successive Iranian dynasties, the Parthians and the Sasanians, a revival of oriental culture. Control over Iran and Mesopotamia brought the Parthians and Sasanians into conflict with Rome and later Byzantium in the west."--Jacket
Ancient Persia by John Curtis( Book )

8 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Balawat gates of Ashurnasirpal II by Richard David Barnett( Book )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This important volume publishes in full for the first time two sets of highly elaborate Neo-Assyrian bronze gate decorations from the site of Balawat (ancient Imgur-Enlil) in northern Iraq. One set, discovered by Hormuzd Rassam on a British Museum expedition in 1878, is now on permanent display in London. The other set, found by Sir Max Mallowan in 1956, was on display in the Mosul Museum in Iraq after conservation and mounting at the British Museum. The Mosul gates were largely looted and lost following the invasion of Iraq in 2003.This book includes an account of their loss and provides the only complete record of their appearance and excavation. The Balawat gates were made in the reign of King Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BC). The figurative scenes on the 32 bands of chased and embossed bronze, sometimes supported by cuneiform inscriptions, provide a wealth of historical and art-historical information. All this material is now made publicly available in the form of a final excavation report and catalogue
Horse and history : from Arabia to Ascot by John Curtis( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the relationship between horses and humans through the ages and reveals the immense influence of horses on human history. This title explores how people and cultures have been characterised by the horse and its central role in society, in peace and war, in mythology and literature
Excavations at Qasrij Cliff and Khirbet Qasrij by John Curtis( Book )

8 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New Light on Nimrud : proceedings of the Nimrud Conference 11th-13th March 2002 by Nimrud Conference( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An examination of late Assyrian metalwork : with special reference to Nimrud by John Curtis( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although the Assyrian kingdom that dominated the Ancient Near East between the ninth and seventh centuries BC had a rich material culture, attested particularly by the distinctive stone wall reliefs and colossal gateway figures, practically nothing is known about Assyrian metalwork. There has been no previous survey of this subject, largely because most of the material was not accessible. This volume makes available for the first time a vast amount of previously unpublished metalwork, much of it from the Assyrian capital city of Nimrud, excavated first by Sir Henry Layard between 1845 and 1851
Excavations at Khirbet Khatuniyeh by John Curtis( Book )

8 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The horse : from Arabia to Royal Ascot by John Curtis( Book )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Forgotten empire : the world of ancient Persia
Alternative Names
Cortis, John.

Curtis, J. E.

Curtis, J. E. 1946-

Curtis, J. E. (John E.), 1946-

Curtis, John

Curtis, John E.

Curtis, John E. 1946-

Curtis, John Edward

Curtis John Edward 1946

Kortis, Ğān.

Languages
English (235)

Spanish (1)

Swedish (1)

Covers
Art and empire : treasures from Assyria in the British MuseumAncient PersiaBabylonThe world of Achaemenid Persia : history, art and society in Iran and the ancient Near East : proceedings of a conference at the British Museum 29th September-1st October 2005Mesopotamia and Iran in the Parthian and Sasanian periods : rejection and revival c. 238 BC-AD 642 : proceedings of a seminar in memory of Vladimir G. Lukonin ; funded by a gift from Raymond and Beverly SacklerAncient PersiaThe Balawat gates of Ashurnasirpal IINew Light on Nimrud : proceedings of the Nimrud Conference 11th-13th March 2002