Empire, Authority, and Autonomy in Achaemenid Anatolia

Empire, Authority, and Autonomy in Achaemenid Anatolia


By (author) Elspeth R. M. Dusinberre


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  • Format: Hardback | 402 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 254mm x 28mm | 1,043g
  • Publication date: 29 April 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 1107018269
  • ISBN 13: 9781107018266
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 131 b/w illus. 20 maps 3 tables
  • Sales rank: 1,780,674

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The Achaemenid Persian Empire (550-330 BCE) was a vast and complex sociopolitical structure that encompassed much of modern-day Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan and included two dozen distinct peoples who spoke different languages, worshipped different deities, lived in different environments and had widely differing social customs. This book offers a radical new approach to understanding the Achaemenid Persian Empire and imperialism more generally. Through a wide array of textual, visual and archaeological material, Elspeth R. M. Dusinberre shows how the rulers of the Empire constructed a system flexible enough to provide for the needs of different peoples within the confines of a single imperial authority and highlights the variability in response. This book examines the dynamic tensions between authority and autonomy across the Empire, providing a valuable new way of considering imperial structure and development.

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Author information

Elspeth R. M. Dusinberre (PhD, Michigan, 1997) is interested in cultural interactions in Anatolia, particularly in the ways in which the Achaemenid Empire affected local social structures and in the give-and-take between Achaemenid and other cultures. Her first book, Aspects of Empire in Achaemenid Sardis (Cambridge University Press, 2003), examines such issues from the vantage of the Lydian capital, while Empire, Authority, and Autonomy in Achaemenid Anatolia (her third book) considers all of Anatolia. Her second book is a diachronic excavation monograph, Gordion Seals and Sealings: Individuals and Society (2005). She is currently studying the seal impressions on the Aramaic tablets of the Persepolis Fortification Archive (dating ca.500 BCE), and the cremation burials from Gordion. She has worked at Sardis, Gordion, and Kerkenes Dag in Turkey, as well as at sites elsewhere in the eastern Mediterranean. Professor Dusinberre teaches primarily Greek and Near Eastern archaeology. She has been awarded six University of Colorado teaching awards, the Chancellor's Faculty Recognition Award, and the Faculty Graduate Advisor Award.

Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. Governing Anatolia: 3. Controlling Anatolia, guarding the empire; 4. Eating and drinking with class and style; 5. Dealing with the dead; 6. Worshipping the divine; 7. Educating the young and old; 8. Empire and identity in Achaemenid Anatolia.