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The ritual landscape at Persepolis : glyptic imagery from the Persepolis fortification and Treasury archives

Author: Mark B Garrison
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, [2017] ©2017
Series: Studies in ancient oriental civilization, no. 72.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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There are, perhaps, no more contentious issues within the study of Achaemenid Persia than those surrounding its religion(s) and religious iconography. Owing to the role that fire plays in Zoroastrian beliefs in later periods in Iran, almost any discussion of the subject of Achaemenid religion will eventually turn to the identification of sacred fire, fire temples, fire worship, and fire altars in the archaeological,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark B Garrison
ISBN: 1614910340 9781614910343
OCLC Number: 1018396572
Description: xlvi, 447 pages, 63 pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 30 cm.
Series Title: Studies in ancient oriental civilization, no. 72.
Responsibility: by Mark B. Garrison ; from lectures delivered at the Collège de France, November 2009, sponsored by Pierre Briant, chaire d'histoire et civilisation du monde achéménide et de l'empire d'Alexandre ; partially underwritten by the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute.

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There are, perhaps, no more contentious issues within the study of Achaemenid Persia than those surrounding its religion(s) and religious iconography. Owing to the role that fire plays in Zoroastrian beliefs in later periods in Iran, almost any discussion of the subject of Achaemenid religion will eventually turn to the identification of sacred fire, fire temples, fire worship, and fire altars in the archaeological, epigraphic, and literary records. The focus of this book is a corpus of glyptic imagery preserved as impressions on two large archives of administrative tablets from Persepolis, the Persepolis Fortification archive (509-493 BC) and the Persepolis Treasury archive (492-457 BC). The glyptic imagery here published concerns representations of what have been traditionally termed "fire altars" and/or "fire temples." Most of this glyptic evidence has never been published; many of the structures and the scenes in which they occur are strikingly original. The goals of this study are to introduce a new corpus of visual imagery concerning religious ritual in the Achaemenid period and to explore the significance of this visual language for our understanding of ritual traditions emerging within the heart of the empire at its most critical formative period, the reign of Darius I. This study seeks also to use the Persepolitan glyptic evidence as a springboard to re-visit the most famous "fire altar" depicted in Achaemenid art, that on the tomb relief of Darius I at Naqs-e Rostam.

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