Sasanian Jewry and Its Culture

Sasanian Jewry and Its Culture : A Lexicon of Jewish and Related Seals

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From 226 C.E. to 640 C.E., the Sasanian Empire occupied the territories now divided between modern Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Armenia. One of the most significant material remnants of the large communities of Jews living within the empire are seals used for identification, almost all of which are signet rings whose styles, inscriptions, and sites of discovery provide important clues about the size and status of Jewish populations throughout the empire. Seals show how Jews within the empire adopted or resisted certain Sasanian symbols and motifs and how they sustained traditional Jewish references, such as Daniel in the lion's den. This volume presents fifty-seven Jewish seals from the Sasanian Empire, as well as comparative seals and other Sasanian artefacts. The text identifies their provenance (if known), translates their inscriptions, and organizes them by their depiction or reference.

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  • Hardback | 168 pages
  • 154 x 238 x 18mm | 299.37g
  • 17 Apr 2009
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore
  • English
  • 0252033671
  • 9780252033674
  • 1,057,307

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Daniel M. Friedenberg is the president of John-Platt Enterprises. A recipient of the Heath Literary Award for Distinguished Numismatic Achievement, he is the former curator of coins and medals for the Jewish Museum, New York, and his books include "Great Jewish Portraits in Metal" and "Medieval Jewish Seals from Europe."

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"This book should be in any research library for ancient Near Eastern, Iranian, or Jewish history. It will be a useful reference for archaeologists and historians of society, art, religion and commercial practice in those fields." Michael L. Bates, curator emeritus of Islamic coins, American Numismatic Society

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