These concluding remarks are intended to bring attention to two themes common to these papers. The first is that of landscape signatures, that is, patterns of regional development characteristic of new research in Sasanian archaeology. A second theme is beyond the new regional data; this is the importance of the traditional, yet curiously undeveloped, description of the Sasanian city. The papers make major contributions for both of these themes, individually and in concert with each other. Keywords: Sasanian archaeology, Landscape archaeology, Sasanian urbanism, Hugh Kennedy. DOI 10.1515/jah-2014-0030 In 2006 there was an exhibition in Paris entitled, "The Sasanian Persians, Splendors of a Forgotten Empire ..." This elicited a review by Souren Melikian who thundered, "forgotten by whom?"1 But in the face of extensive research on all aspects of the Byzantine Empire, this second "eye of the world"2 might well be taken as forgotten were it not for new archaeological research of the last two decades. This symposium begins with the proposition that this archaeological research may offer new understandings of the Sasanian Empire, particularly its political history. In his masterful summary of Sasanian archaeology, Huff begins by commenting on the dominant role of Sasanian monuments, reliefs and coins
Journal of Ancient History – de Gruyter
Published: Nov 1, 2014
Read and print from thousands of top scholarly journals.
Already have an account? Log in
Bookmark this article. You can see your Bookmarks on your DeepDyve Library.