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Title: Aspects of Empire in Achaemenid Sardis
Author: Dusinberre, Elspeth R M
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2003
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521810715
Volumes: 1; Pages: 342
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The Achaemenid empire (ca. 550-330 B.C.) was the first world empire, founded by Cyrus II in Southwest Iran and lower Mesopotamia. Populated by peoples of different backgrounds, languages and cultures, the empire's challenge was to construct a system that would provide for the needs of all groups. Focusing on Sardis (a regional capital in western Anatolia), the book documents how the administration successfully annexed the region and its populace into the Persian Empire.Contents1. Sardis in the Achaemenid empire2. Textual sources and the effects of empire3. The urban structure of Achaemenid Sardis: monuments and meaning4. The urban structure of Achaemenid Sardis: sculpture and society5. Inscriptions: Sardians in their own words6. Mortuary evidence: dead and living societies7. Personal signifiers: Sealstones8. Achaemenid bowls: ceramic assemblages and the non-elite9. Conclusion: Imperialism and Achaemenid Sardis.