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

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

Paperback Cambridge World Archaeology (Paperback)

By (author) D. T. Potts, Series edited by Norman Yoffee, Series edited by Susan E. Alcock, Series edited by Tom Dillehay, Series edited by Steven Shennan

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  • Format: Paperback | 524 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 244mm x 38mm | 1,120g
  • Publication date: 20 February 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521564964
  • ISBN 13: 9780521564960
  • Illustrations note: 42 b/w illus. 11 maps
  • Sales rank: 511,807

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From the middle of the 3rd millennium BC 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 BC. The Elamite language is attested as late as the Medieval era, and the name Elam as late as 1300 in the records of the Nestorian church. 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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'This is the most comprehensive and detailed study of the many Elamite worlds that existed over the course of the millennia.' The Times Higher Education Supplement ' ... excellent and exhaustively documented.' The Times Literary Supplement

Table of contents

1. Elam: what, when, where?; 2. Environment, climate and resources; 3. The immediate precursors of Elam; 4. Elam and Awan; 5. The dynasty of Shimski; 6. The grand regents of Elam and Susa; 7. The kingdom of Susa and Anshan; 8. The Neo-Elamite period; 9. Elam in the Achaemenid empire; 10. Elymais; 11. Elam under the Sasanians and beyond; 12. Conclusion.