Aspects of Empire in Achaemenid Sardis
Elspeth R. M. Dusinberre proposes a new approach to understanding the Achaemenid empire based on her study of the regional capital, Sardis. This study uses archaeological, artistic and textual sources to demonstrate that the two-hundred year Persian presence in this city had a profound impact on local social structures, revealing the region's successful absorption, both ideological and physical, into the Persian Empire. During this period, Sardis was a centre of burgeoning creativity and vitality, where a polyethnic elite devised a new culture - inspired by Iranian, Greek and local Lydian traditions - that drew on and legitimated imperial ideology. The non-elite absorbed and adapted multiple aspects of this new culture to create a wholly new profile of what it meant to be Sardian. As well as successfully bringing together the current information on the Achaemenids, this book is also an excellent contribution to empire studies.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Textual sources and the effects of empire
sculpture and society
Sardians in their own words
dead and living societies
ceramic assemblages and the nonelite
imperialism and Achaemenid Sardis
Achaemenid bowls Achaemenid empire Achaemenid period Achaemenid Sardis Achaemenid-period Sardis altar Anatolia Artaphernes Artemis artistic Associated finds IAM banqueting Bibliography Curtis 1925 Bibliography Hanfmann Briant carnelian carved in intaglio century BC ceramic Chalcedony Chalcedony pyramidal stamp chamber Chamber tomb couches courtesy Istanbul Archaeological cult culture Cyrus Darius Date demonstrate Deposit Descat discussion dromos Eastern elite Ephesos ethnic excavated figure fortification wall found at Sardis fourth century funerary gold grave Greek Greenewalt Gusmani Hanfmann and Ramage Hellenistic Herodotos iconography ideology imperial Impression after Curtis inscriptions intaglio Iranian Istanbul Archaeological Museum king Kuhrt Kybele lion lion-griffin Lydian Lydian language Manisa marble Mnesimachos monuments mortuary Pasargadae perhaps Persian probably pyramidal stamp seal Ratte relief rock-cut tombs Roman Roman Greece royal sarcophagus Sardian Sardis satrap scarab sculptures seal courtesy Istanbul social Sparda sphinxes statue stelae stele stone style suggest Susa symbolic temple Tepe Tissaphernes traditions tumuli vessels Woolf