Feudalism and its Characteristics in Ancient Iran

Published: March 11, 2020

Feudalism and its Characteristics in Ancient Iran The fifth and final lecture examines feudalism and vassalage as identified by various scholars in the Achaemenid, Arsacid, and Sasanian evidence. It considers the identification of leading individuals and families through the display of quasiheraldic tamgas and, in particular, the problematic interpretation of those associated with Ardavān, Ardašīr…

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Descent and Marriage in Achaemenid Iran

Published: March 9, 2020

Descent and Marriage in Achaemenid Iran The fourth lecture begins by examining the use of ethnos and genos in Herodotus’ discussion of Median and Persian ‘tribes.’ It then turns to the genealogy of Darius I; Xerxes’ succession; Sisigambis’ filiation and descent; cross-cousin and parallel cousin marriage in the Achaemenid royal families; uncle-niece marriage; and brother-sister…

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Problems in the Study of Elamite Kinship

Published: March 6, 2020

Problems in the Study of Elamite Kinship The third lecture relies largely on evidence from Susa, first considering the nature of the site’s population and then turning to filiation, descent, and the difference between classificatory and descriptive kinship terminology; the evidence of patronymics and propatronymics; descent and succession to high office; the avunculate and the…

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Aspects of Kinship in Iranian Prehistory

Published: March 4, 2020

Aspects of Kinship in Iranian Prehistory The second lecture examines the use of ceramics to indicate group affinity; the proposition that ceramics may reflect patterns of marriage and residence within and between prehistoric communities; the interpretation of potters’ marks; alleged social endogamy in prehistoric Iran; dowries in early Iranian society; and the ‘tribe’ in ancient…

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Money is to the West, What Kinship is to the Rest

Published: March 2, 2020

Money is to the West, What Kinship is to the Rest The first lecture sets the scene by discussing why kinship is an important if often overlooked aspect of Iranian antiquity, presenting some key concepts in kinship analysis, and what some of the topics to be investigated over the course of the lectures concern. About…

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