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The Iranian Expanse explores how kings in Persia and the ancient Iranian world utilized the built and natural environment to form and contest Iranian cultural memory, royal identity, and sacred cosmologies. Investigating over a thousand years of history, from the Achaemenid period to the arrival of Islam, The Iranian Expanse argues that Iranian identities were built and shaped not by royal discourse alone, but by strategic changes to Western Asia’s cities, sanctuaries, palaces, and landscapes. The Iranian Expanse critically examines the construction of a new Iranian royal identity and empire, which subsumed and subordinated all previous traditions, including those of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Anatolia. It then delves into the startling innovations that emerged after Alexander under the Seleucids, Arsacids, Kushans, Sasanians, and the Perso-Macedonian dynasties of Anatolia and the Caucasus, a previously understudied and misunderstood period. Matthew P. Canepa elucidates the many ruptures and renovations that produced a new royal culture that deeply influenced not only early Islam, but also the wider Persianate world of the Il-Khans, Safavids, Timurids, Ottomans, and Mughals.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Series Info, Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. 1. Introduction: Conceptualizing Iran and Building Iranian Empires
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. Part One: Ordering the Earth
  2. pp. 19-22
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  1. 2. Building the First Persian Empire
  2. pp. 23-41
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  1. 3. The Destruction of Achaemenid Persia and the Creation of Seleucid Iran
  2. pp. 42-67
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  1. 4. The Rise of the Arsacids and a New Iranian Topography of Power
  2. pp. 68-94
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  1. 5. Rival Visions and New Royal Identities in Post- Achaemenid Anatolia and the Caucasus
  2. pp. 95-121
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  1. 6. Sasanian Rupture and Renovation
  2. pp. 122-144
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  1. Part Two: Sacred Spaces
  2. pp. 145-148
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  1. 7. Persian Religion and Achaemenid Sacred Spaces
  2. pp. 149-169
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  1. 8. The Seleucid Transformation of Iranian Sacred Spaces
  2. pp. 170-187
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  1. 9. Ancient Sacred Landscapes and Memories of Persian Religion in Anatolia and the Caucasus
  2. pp. 188-204
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  1. Part Three: Landscapes of Time and Memory
  2. pp. 205-210
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  1. 10. Iranian Funerary Landscapes
  2. pp. 211-231
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  1. 11. Dynastic Sanctuaries
  2. pp. 232-250
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  1. 12. Sasanian Memory and the Persian Monumental and Ritual Legacy
  2. pp. 251-270
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  1. 13. Reshaping Iran’s Past and Building Its Future
  2. pp. 271-290
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  1. Part Four: Palace and Paradise
  2. pp. 291-294
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  1. 14. Persian Palatial Cosmologies
  2. pp. 295-306
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  1. 15. The Seleucid and Arsacid Transformations of Iranian Palatial Architecture
  2. pp. 307-323
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  1. 16. The Palace of the Lord of the Sevenfold World
  2. pp. 324-344
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  1. 17. Earthly Paradises
  2. pp. 345-374
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 375-378
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 379-426
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 427-476
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 477-494
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780520964365
Related ISBN
9780520290037
MARC Record
OCLC
995630478
Pages
512
Launched on MUSE
2018-11-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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