From Persepolis to the Punjab: Exploring the Past in Iran, Afghanistan and PakistanPaperback
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- Publisher: BRITISH MUSEUM PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 206mm x 295mm x 20mm | 1,134g
- Publication date: 19 April 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0714111775
- ISBN 13: 9780714111773
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Illustrations note: 193 b/w illus
- Sales rank: 1,309,736
The phrase 'from Persepolis to the Punjab' refers to the vast Iranian empires of the Achaemenids (550-331 BC), Parthians (238 BC-AD 224) and the Sasanians (AD 224-651), which extended eastwards through Afghanistan to the north-western borderlands of the Indian subcontinent. The interest of 19th-century European powers in this region has been called 'the Great Game' and its effects are explored in this book, which is based on contributions to a study day and conference held in the British Museum, supplemented with additional material.
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Elizabeth Errington and Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis are British Museum curators specializing in South and Central Asian coins and Iranian and Islamic coins respectively. Joe Cribb is Keeper of the Department of Coins and Medals, specializing in South and Southeast Asia. Also in the British Museum, Helen Wang specializes in Central Asia and the Far East, and St John Simpson specializes in Iranian archaeology. Jean-Marie Lafont is a specialist on the French in India and is based in Delhi.