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Regime Change in the Ancient Near East and EgyptFrom Sargon of Agade to Saddam Hussein$
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Harriet Crawford

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263907

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263907.001.0001

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Persian Conquerors, Babylonian Captivators

Persian Conquerors, Babylonian Captivators

(p.95) 6 Persian Conquerors, Babylonian Captivators
Regime Change in the Ancient Near East and Egypt

Erica Ehrenberg

British Academy

This chapter examines the impact of the relation between the Persian conquerors and the local Babylonians on the cultural continuity in Babylonia during the mid-first millennium BCE. It suggests that the evidence of Persian adoption of Babylonian traditions is manifest not only in administrative and social systems, but also in the visual arts and iconography. The analysis of corpora of seal impressions from Babylonian and Achaemenid archives reveal a complex and slowly evolving relationship between the two traditions, reflecting, but not temporally correlative with, political developments.

Keywords:   Persian conquerors, Babylonia, cultural continuity, social systems, visual arts, iconography, seal impressions, political developments

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