The Archaeology of Elam: Formation and Transformation of an Ancient Iranian State

Overview

From the middle of the 3rd millennium B.C. until the coming of Cyrus the Great, southwestern Iran was referred to in Mesopotamian sources as the land of Elam. A heterogeneous collection of regions, Elam was home to a variety of groups, alternately the object of Mesopotamian aggression, and aggressors themselves, an ethnic group seemingly swallowed up by the vast Achaemenid Persian empire, yet a force strong enough to attack Babylonia in the last centuries B.C. This book examines the formation and transformation ...
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Overview

From the middle of the 3rd millennium B.C. until the coming of Cyrus the Great, southwestern Iran was referred to in Mesopotamian sources as the land of Elam. A heterogeneous collection of regions, Elam was home to a variety of groups, alternately the object of Mesopotamian aggression, and aggressors themselves, an ethnic group seemingly swallowed up by the vast Achaemenid Persian empire, yet a force strong enough to attack Babylonia in the last centuries B.C. This book examines the formation and transformation of Elam's many identities through both archaeological and written evidence, and brings to life one of the most important regions of Western Asia, re-evaluates its significance, and places it in the context of the most recent archaeological and historical scholarship.
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Alan D. Hammond
An excellent and exhaustively documented book...[brings] history, archaeology and ethnogenesis together, and his concluding interaction across the shifting mosaic of southwest Asian polities through the millennia, epitomizes Henri Berr's "terrible craving for synthesis," and finally satisfies both himself and us.
The Times Literary Supplement
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"...a very valuable study." Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521563581
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/29/1999
  • Series: World Archaeology Series
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of plates
List of tables
Preface and acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Note on transliteration and dating systems
1 Elam: what, when, where? 1
2 Environment, climate and resources 10
3 The immediate precursors of Elam 43
4 Elam and Awan 85
5 The dynasty of Shimashki 130
6 The grand regents of Elam and Susa 160
7 The kingdom of Susa and Anshan 188
8 The Neo-Elamite period 259
9 Elam in the Achaemenid empire 309
10 Elymais 354
11 Elam under the Sasanians and beyond 410
12 Conclusion 434
References 445
Index 481
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