Darbandi, Zournatzi (eds), Ancient Greece and Ancient Iran (2008)

Darbandi, Zournatzi (eds), Ancient Greece and Ancient Iran (2008)
Form of publication
Conference Proceedings

Ancient Greece and Ancient Iran; Cross Cultural Encounters, Seyed Mohammad Reza Darbandi and Antigoni Zournatzi (eds) (National Hellenic Research Foundation, Cultural Center of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Athens and Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO, Athens 2008)

Collective work
ISBN 978-960-930955-4

‘The extraordinary feats of conquest of Cyrus the Great and Alexander the Great have left a lasting imprint in the annals of world history. Successive Persian and Greek rule over vast stretches of territory from the Indus River to the Eastern Mediterranean also created an international environment in which people, commodities, technological innovations, as well as intellectual, political, and artistic ideas could circulate across the ancient world unhindered by ethno-cultural and territorial barriers, bringing about cross-fertilization between East and West.

These broad patterns of cultural phenomena are illustrated in twenty-four contributions to the First International Conference on Ancient Greek-Iranian Interactions (Athens, 11-13 November 2006) which was organized as a joint Greek and Iranian initiative.’


Preface (Ekaterini Tzitzikosta); Conference addresses (Dimitrios A. Kyriakidis, Seyed Taha Hashemi Toghraljerdi, Mir Jalaleddin Kazzazi, Vassos Karageorghis, Miltiades Hatzopoulos, Seyed Mohammad Reza Darbandi, Massoud Azarnoush, David Stronach); Introduction (Seyed Mohammad Reza Darbandi and Antigoni Zournatzi)

Europe and Asia: Aeschylus’ Persians and Homer’s Iliad (Stephen Tracy); The death of Masistios and the mourning for his loss (Hdt. 9.20-25.1) (Angeliki Petropoulou); Magi in Athens in the fifth century BC? (Kyriakos Tsantsanoglou); Hājīābād and the dialogue of civilizations (Massoud Azarnoush); Zoroastrianism and Christianity in the Sasanian empire (fourth century AD) (Sara Alinia); Greco-Persian literary interactions in classical Persian literature (Evangelos Venetis); Pseudo-Aristotelian politics and theology in universal Islam (Garth Fowden); The system Artaphernes-Mardonius as an example of imperial nostalgia (Michael N. Weiskopf);

Greeks and Iranians in the Cimmerian Bosporus in the second/first century BC: new epigraphic data from Tanais (Askold I. Ivantchik); The Seleucids and their Achaemenid predecessors: a Persian inheritance? (Christopher Tuplin);

Managing an empire — teacher and pupil (G. G. Aperghis); The building program of Cyrus the Great at Pasargadae and the date of the fall of Sardis (David Stronach); Persia and Greece: the role of cultural interactions in the architecture of Persepolis— Pasargadae (Mohammad Hassan Talebian); Reading Persepolis in Greek— Part Two: marriage metaphors and unmanly virtues (Margaret C. Root); The marble of the Penelope from Persepolis and its historical implications (Olga Palagia); Cultural interconnections in the Achaemenid West: a few reflections on the testimony of the Cypriot archaeological record (Antigoni Zournatzi); Greek, Anatolian, and Persian iconography in Asia Minor: material sources, method, and perspectives (Yannick Lintz); Imaging a tomb chamber: the iconographic program of the Tatarlı wall paintings (Lâtife Summerer). Appendix: Tatarli Project: reconstructing a wooden tomb chamber (Alexander von Kienlin); The Achaemenid lion-griffin on a Macedonian tomb painting and on a Sicyonian mosaic (Stavros A. Paspalas);  

Psychotropic plants on Achaemenid style vessels (Despina Ignatiadou) ; Achaemenid toreutics in the Greek periphery (Athanasios Sideris); Achaemenid influences on Rhodian minor arts and crafts (Pavlos Triantafyllidis); Historical Iranian and Greek relations in retrospect (Mehdi Rahbar); Persia and Greece: a forgotten history of cultural relations (Shahrokh Razmjou).

Total pages XXIX, 377; 159 illustrations (Soft cover)

Key words
Achaemenid Empire / Persian Empire.
Ancient Greek sources.
Aristotle, Aristotelians.
Cyrus II, the Great.
Eastern Mediterranean.
Floral motifs.
Funerary culture.
Greek antiquity.
Late Antiquity.
Magi, Zoroastrian priesthood.
Medieval era.
Persian civilization.
Sasanid civilization / Sassanid civilization.
Sasanids / Sassanian Persians.
Sea of Azov.
Seleucid Kingdom.