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date: 17 May 2021

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This chapter addresses the complex iconography of royal Achaemenid art. Focusing particularly on the reigns of Cyrus and Darius, the main features of royal Achaemenid dress, weaponry, headgear, and hairstyles are outlined, along with characteristic Achaemenid symbols, whether on coinage, glyptic, or monumental reliefs. Evidence is adduced from the principal sites of Bisotun, Pasargadae, Susa, Persepolis, and Naqsh-e Rustam. Particular attention is paid to the representations of the king and heraldic compositions involving animals.

Keywords: Cyrus, Darius, Bisotun, Susa, Naqsh-e Rustam, Persepolis, iconography

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