IMPERIAL MATTER ANCIENT PERSIA AND THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF EMPIRES

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Imperial Matter

Author : Lori Khatchadourian
ISBN : 9780520964952
Genre : Architecture
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A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s new open access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. What is the role of the material world in shaping the tensions and paradoxes of imperial sovereignty? Scholars have long shed light on the complex processes of conquest, extraction, and colonialism under imperial rule. But imperialism has usually been cast as an exclusively human drama, one in which the world of matter does not play an active role. Lori Khatchadourian argues instead that things—from everyday objects to monumental buildings—profoundly shape social and political life under empire. Out of the archaeology of ancient Persia and the South Caucasus, Imperial Matter advances powerful new analytical approaches to the study of imperialism writ large and should be read by scholars working on empire across the humanities and social sciences.
Category: Architecture

The Art Of Armenia

Author : Christina Maranci
ISBN : 9780190269012
Genre : Art
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Though immediately recognizable in public discourse as a modern state in a political "hot zone," Armenia has a material history and visual culture that reaches back to the Paleolithic era. This book presents a timely and much-needed survey of the arts of Armenia from antiquity to the early eighteenth century C.E. Divided chronologically, it brings into discussion a wide range of media, including architecture, stone sculpture, works in metal, wood, and cloth, manuscript illumination, and ceramic arts. Critically, The Art of Armenia presents this material within historical and archaeological contexts, incorporating the results of specialist literature in various languages. It also positions Armenian art within a range of broader comparative contexts including, but not limited to, the ancient Mediterranean and Near East, Byzantium, the Islamic world, Yuan-dynasty China, and seventeenth-century Europe. The Art of Armenia offers students, scholars, and heritage readers of the Armenian community something long desired but never before available: a complete and authoritative introduction to three thousand years of Armenian art, archaeology, architecture, and design.
Category: Art

Social Theory In Archaeology And Ancient History

Author : Geoff Emberling
ISBN : 9781316453551
Genre : Social Science
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At a time when archaeology has turned away from questions of the long-term and large scale, this collection of essays reflects on some of the big questions in archaeology and ancient history - how and why societies have grown in scale and complexity, how they have maintained and discarded aspects of their own cultural heritage, and how they have collapsed. In addressing these long-standing questions of broad interest and importance, the authors develop counter-narratives - new ways of understanding what used to be termed 'cultural evolution'. Encompassing the Middle East and Egypt, India, Southeast Asia, Australia, the American Southwest and Mesoamerica, the fourteen essays offer perspectives on long-term cultural trajectories; on cities, states and empires; on collapse; and on the relationship between archaeology and history. The book concludes with a commentary by one of the major voices in archaeological theory, Norman Yoffee.
Category: Social Science

Persian Interventions

Author : John O. Hyland
ISBN : 9781421423708
Genre : History
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"In this book, Hyland examines the international relations of the First Persian Empire (the Achaemenid Empire) as a case study in ancient imperialism. He focuses in particular on Persian's relations with the Greek city-states and its diplomatic influence over Athens and Sparta. Previous studies have emphasized the ways in which Persia sought to protect its borders by playing the often warring Athens and Sparta off each other, prolonging their conflicts through limited aid and shifts of alliance. Hyland proposes a new model, employing Persian ideological texts and economic documents to contextualize the Greek narrative framework, that demonstrates that Persian Kings were less interested in control of the Ionian region where Greece bordered the empire than in displays of universal power through the acquisition of Athens or Sparta as client states. On the other hand, the establishment of "Pax Persica" beyond the Aegean was delayed by Persian efforts to limit the interventions' expense, and missteps in dealing with fractious Greek allies. This reevaluation of Persia's Greek relations marks an important contribution to scholarship on the Achaemenid empire and Greek history, and has value for the broader study of imperialism in the ancient world."--Provided by publisher.
Category: History

Eine Kurze Geschichte Der Menschheit

Author : Yuval Noah Harari
ISBN : 9783641104986
Genre : History
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Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.
Category: History

R Mische Geschichte

Author : Ammianus Marcellinus
ISBN : STANFORD:36105014961655
Genre : Rome
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Der Satrap

Author : Hilmar Klinkott
ISBN : 9783938032022
Genre : History
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Die Verwaltung des achaimenidischen Perserreiches lag in den Handen von Satrapen. In den einzelnen Reichsteilen waren sie einerseits Statthalter des Groakonigs, andererseits aber auch Interessenvertreter der untertanigen Volker und Gemeinwesen gegenuber dem Oberherrn. Zugleich eroffneten sich ihnen qua Amt auch eigene Handlungsspiel- raume. Das Satrapiensystem garantierte trotz gewisser Schwierigkeiten uber 200 Jahre den sicheren Bestand des Groareiches, und es verwundert deshalb nicht, daa Alexander, die Diadochen und die iranischen Dynastien der Parther und Sasaniden ihrer Reichsad- ministration dieses Amt gleichfalls zugrundelegten. Durch ausfuhrliche Berichte und Stellungnahmen griechischer Autoren ist die Rolle der Satrapen in der Geschichte der griechisch-persischen Beziehungen zwar bekannt, allerdings gleichzeitig stark von der griechischen Sicht gepragt. Orientalische Zeugnisse zeichnen teilweise ein deutlich anderes Bild.
Category: History

Antike Mysterien

Author : Walter Burkert
ISBN : 3406342590
Genre : Greece
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Category: Greece