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Organized Panel Session

(55) Positioning Achaemenid Persian Empire Visual Studies in Asian History and Historiography

3/23/2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Virginia Suite A, Lobby Level

Between c. 550 and 330 BCE, the Achaemenid Persian Empire stretched from the heartlands of Iran, to the Indus, Central Asia and far beyond. Early on, the Achaemenid court developed an ideologically consistent program of sculpturally-embellished architecture and related sculptural and textual displays. This program included depictions and ideas of Asia and emphasized universal harmony and the righteousness of the king. Drawing upon earlier models in a deliberative process, these monumental visual landscapes of the heartland capitals of the Empire reverberated far afield across time and space—not least to the East, but well beyond the literal boundaries of imperial domain. Asian workmen were employed by the Great Kings, and they left their mark on sculpture and architecture.
The goal of this panel is to look eastward and beyond to explore a range of historical and contemporary disciplinary and theoretical approaches to the phenomena of acculturation, historiographies, and modern approaches to the cultures and art of Achaemenid Persia in Asia. Papers will discuss historiographic approaches which situated Achaemenid Persia in India and China, provide fresh approaches to aspects such as Achaemenid Persian architecture and ceramics in the East, and discuss the architectural influence Achaemenid Persia received from the East and vice versa.

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Alexander Nagel

National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, District of Columbia

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Amanda Dusting

University of Sydney, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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Amanda Dusting

University of Sydney, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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Alexander Nagel

National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, District of Columbia

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Amanda Dusting

University of Sydney, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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Margaret Cool Root

University of Michigan, Michigan

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Eilanra Abdesho-Kavsi

George Washington University, District of Columbia

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