Art of Ancient Persia

The scholarship available on the Art of Ancient Persia.


  • Briant, P., From Cyrus to Alexander: a history of the Persian Empire, Winona Lake IN, 2002, Ch 5.
  • Cool Root, M., The king and kingship in Achaemenid art: essays on the creation of an iconography of empire, Leiden, 1979.
  • Wiesehofer, J. & Azodi, A., Ancient Persia: from 550 BC to 650 AD, London, 2001, 21-28.

Further Reading

  • Boucharlat, R., ‘Susa under Achaemenid Rule’ in Mesopotamia and Iran in the Persian period: conquest and imperialism, 539-331 BC : proceedings of a seminar in memory of Vladimir G. Lukonin, London, 1997, 54-67.
  • Collon, G., The Palace of Darius at Susa: the great royal residence of Achaemenid Persia, London, 2013.
  • Cool Root, M., ‘The Parthenon Frieze and the Apadana Reliefs at Persepolis: Reassessing a Programmatic Relationship’ in American Journal of Archaeology 89, 1985, 103-120.
  • Garrison, M., ‘Royal Achaemenid iconography’ in The Oxford handbook of ancient Iran, Oxford, 2013.
  • Nylander, C., Ionians in Pasargadae: Studies in Old Persian Architecture, Uppsala, 1970.
  • Nylander, C., ‘Achaemenid imperial art’ in Power and propaganda : a symposium on ancient empires, Copenhagen 1979, 345-359.
  • Roaf, M., Sculptures and sculptors at Persopolis, London, 1983.
  • Root, M.C., ‘Circles of Artistic Programming: Strategies for studying creative process at Persepolis’ in Investigating artistic environments in the ancient Near East, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution), 1951, 115-139.
  • Root, M.C., ‘From the heart: powerful persianisms in the art of the western empire’ in Achaemenid history: 6: Asia Minor and Egypt : old cultures in a new empire : proceedings of the Groningen 1988 Achaemenid history workshop, Leiden, 1991, 1-29.
  • Stronach, D., ‘The tomb of Cyrus’ in Pasargadae, Oxford, 1978, 24-43.
  • Stronach, D., ‘Icons of dominion: review scenes at Til Barsip and Persepolis’ in Iranica Antiqua 37, 2002, 373-402.