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The Palace of Darius at Susa : the great royal residence of Achaemenid Persia

Author: Gérard Collon; Jean Perrot; Iran Heritage Foundation.
Publisher: London : I.B. Tauris, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The palace complex of the Persian King Darius I, the Great (522-486 BCE), provides unique evidence of the sophistication of Achaemenid architecture and construction. This palace, built 2500 years ago in western Iran, lay at the centre of the Persian Empire that stretched from the Nile and the Aegean to the Indus Valley. First rediscovered in 1851, the palace of Darius was partly excavated over the next century. But  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Darius, King of Persia; King of Persia 548 B C -485 B C Darius I; King of Persia 548 B C -485 B C Darius I; Darius, King of Persia; Darius, Iran König
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gérard Collon; Jean Perrot; Iran Heritage Foundation.
ISBN: 9781848856219 1848856210
OCLC Number: 822960066
Notes: Published in association with the Iran Heritage Foundation.
Description: xxix, 507 pages : color illustrations, maps, plans (some color) ; 31 cm
Contents: Susa and Elam in the achaemenid empire / Pierre Briant --
Darius: The great king / François Vallat --
The discoverers of the palace of Susa / Nicole Chevalier --
The Franco-Iranian programme / Jean Perrot --
The geophysical survey of the Achaemenid foundations / Albert Hesse --
The archaeological results / Daniel Ladiray --
Restoration, reconstruction / Jean Perrot --
The Egyptian statue of Darius / Jean Yoyotte --
The main Achaemenid inscriptions of Susa / François Vallat --
The fired arts / Annie Caubet, Noëmi Daucé --
Decorative arts at Susa during the Persian period / Pierre Amiet, Constance Frank --
Other works of Darius and his successors / Rémy Boucharlat, Hermann Gasche --
Darius in his time / Jean Perrot, Jean Soler.
Other Titles: Palais de Darius à Suse.
Responsibility: edited by Jean Perrot ; with an introduction by John Curtis ; translated by Gérard Collon ; translation editing by Dominique Collon.

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"The palace complex of the Persian King Darius I, the Great (522-486 BCE), provides unique evidence of the sophistication of Achaemenid architecture and construction. This palace, built 2500 years ago in western Iran, lay at the centre of the Persian Empire that stretched from the Nile and the Aegean to the Indus Valley. First rediscovered in 1851, the palace of Darius was partly excavated over the next century. But it was only field research between 1969 and 1979 by the noted French archaeologist Jean Perrot which revealed the site's full dimension and complexity. Its bull-headed capitals, enamel friezes of richly-clad archers holding spears, figures of noble lions and winged monsters, introduced a new iconography into the ancient Persian world. The discovery and excavation of the palace, which this book records, thus casts a new light on the beginnings of the Achaemenid period. Edited by the distinguished scholar of ancient Persia, John Curtis, the lavishly illustrated volume is a work of seminal importance for the understanding of ancient Persia, likely to be radically altered by Perrot's research and findings."--Publisher's website.

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'King Darius' Palace at Susa is perhaps the least well known yet the most important of the Achaemenid Persian palaces, less perhaps for its remains on the ground than for its architecture and Read more...

 
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