The Politics of the Past: The Representation of the Ancient Empires by Iran’s Modern States [Paperback]

Maryam Dezhamkhooy(Author); Leila Papoli-Yazdi(Author); Ali Roustaeeyanfard(Illustrator)

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ISBN: 9781789690934 | Published by: Archaeopress Archaeology | Year of Publication: 2019 | 162p, H9.75 x W7, 15 figures, 1 table (8 plates in color)
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The Politics of the Past: The Representation of the Ancient Empires by Iran’s Modern States

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Politics of the past: The Representation of the Ancient Empires by Iran’s Modern States' examines the highly problematic politics of the past surrounding the archaeology of ancient empires in Iran. Being indigenous, the authors regard the relations between archaeological remains, (negative) heritage, and modern strategies of suppression. The chapters provide a detailed analysis of how the practice of archaeology could be biased and ideologically charged. Discussing their own personal and professional experiences, the authors exemplify the real (ethical) dilemmas that archaeologists confront in the Middle East, calling for reflectivity and awareness among the archaeologists of the region. The text is accompanied by visual deconstruction of ancient rock reliefs to indicate the possibility of alternative histories.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Chapter 1. Governments, Archaeologists, and the Lasting Remains of Ancient Empires in the Middle East

Chapter 2. Take Your feet off Me! Achaemenids Depicted in Reliefs and Inscriptions

Chapter 3. Get off Your Horse! Sasanian Propaganda in Artistic Remains

Chapter 4. Nationalism and the Reproduction of the Ancient Kings/Empires by Iran’s Modern States

Chapter 5. Kings Riding Bikes: Towards the Deconstruction of Official Nationalist Archaeology

Acknowledgement

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

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