Persepolis: Discovery and Afterlife of a World Wonder

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Walter de Gruyter, Apr 19, 2012 - History - 277 pages

Persepolis: Discovery and Afterlife of a World Wonder presents the first full study of the history of archaeological exploration at Persepolis after its destruction in 330 BC. Based in part on archival evidence, anecdotal information, and unpublished documents, this book describes in detail the history of archaeological exploration, visual documentation, and excavations at one of the most celebrated sites of the ancient world. The book addresses a broad audience of readers ranging from students of the archaeology, history, and art history of ancient, medieval, and modern Iran to scholars in Classical Studies and Ancient Near Eastern Studies.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
A survey of the site its chronology and function
9
II Persepolis in Flames
57
The Afterlife of Persepolis Begins
73
The Transformation of a Historical Site into a Mythical Symbol
83
Western travellers explorations in Persia
95
VI Persepolis and the puzzle of the cuneiform inscriptions
113
VII The Nineteenth century and the emergence of archaeology
123
VIII Persepolis at the Dawn of Scientific Archaeology in Iran
155
19391979
193
Afterword
215
Bibliography
221
Index
233
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Ali Mousavi, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA.

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