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The Iranian Expanse


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1 Introduction: Conceptualizing Iran and Building Iranian Empires

PART ONE Ordering the Earth
2 Building the First Persian Empire
3 The Destruction of Achaemenid Persia and the Creation of Seleucid Iran
4 The Rise of the Arsacids and a New Iranian Topography of Power
5 Rival Visions and New Royal Identities in Post-Achaemenid Anatolia and the Caucasus
6 Sasanian Rupture and Renovation

PART TWO Sacred Spaces
7 Persian Religion and Achaemenid Sacred Spaces
8 The Seleucid Transformation of Iranian Sacred Spaces
9 Ancient Sacred Landscapes and Memories of Persian Religion in Anatolia and the Caucasus

PART THREE Landscapes of Time and Memory
10 Iranian Funerary Landscapes
11 Dynastic Sanctuaries
12 Sasanian Memory and the Persian Monumental and Ritual Legacy
13 Reshaping Iran's Past and Building Its Future

PART FOUR Palace and Paradise
14 Persian Palatial Cosmologies
15 The Seleucid and Arsacid Transformations of Iranian Palatial Architecture
16 The Palace of the Lord of the Sevenfold World
17 Earthly Paradises


About the Author

Matthew P. Canepa is Professor of Art History at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.


"...a highly original study of the manner in which the succession of rulers of Iran, from the time of the Archaemenids (50-330 BCE) to that of the Sasanians (224-651 CE), manipulated collective memory through the creation of stunning monuments at important locations of their empires. . . .Canepa enables us to see the world not with Roman eyes (as is usually the case) but with Persian eyes, looking out over the Middle East from the immense plateau of Iran." -- Peter Brown, * New York Review of Books *
"[Canepa's book] continues the investigations of recent years on the construction of identity and history, as well as on the culture of remembrance, with particular emphasis on the forms of expression in architecture and building policy." * Plekos *

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