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The Elamite World

Edited by Javier Álvarez-Mon, Gian Pietro Basello, Yasmina Wicks

© 2018 – Routledge

868 pages

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Amongst the civilizations to participate in the dynamic processes of contact and interchange that gave rise to complex societies in the ancient Near East, Elam has remained one of the most obscure, at times languishing in the background of scholarly inquiry. In recent years, however, an increasing body of academic publications have acknowledged its relevance and suggested that its legacy was more considerable and long-lasting than previously estimated.

The Elamite World assembles a group of 40 international scholars to contribute their expertise to the production of a solid, lavishly illustrated, English language treatment of Elamite civilization. It covers topics such as its physical setting, historical development, languages and people, material culture, art, science, religion and society, as well as the legacy of Elam in the Persian empire and its presence in the modern world.

This comprehensive and ambitious survey seeks for Elam, hardly a household name, a noteworthy place in our shared cultural heritage. It will be both a valuable introductory text for a general audience and a definitive reference source for students and academics.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Javier Álvarez-Mon, Gian Pietro Basello and Yasmina Wicks

Part I Imagining Elam: The History of Research and its Sources

  1. Ælam regio: Elam in Western Scholarship from the Renaissance to the Late 19th Century Daniel T. Potts
  2. Elam and the Bible
  3. Peter Dubovský

  4. France and Elam
  5. Nicole Chevalier

  6. Between Orientalism and Persomania: the Presentation of the Iranian Collections at the Louvre
  7. Marianne Cotty

  8. Elamite Forgeries and the Antiquities Market
  9. Oscar White Muscarella

    Part II The Land and Peoples of Elam

  10. Physical Geography and Environment of Elam
  11. Cameron A. Petrie, Morteza Djamali, and Matthew D. Jones

  12. Metals and Mining
  13. Barbara Helwing

  14. The Peoples of Elam
  15. Ran Zadok

  16. Elamites and Iranians
  17. Jan Tavernier

    Part III Elam through History

  18. The Birth of Elam in History
  19. Piotr Steinkeller

  20. The Old Elamite Period
  21. Luca Peyronel

  22. Elam in the Middle Elamite Period
  23. Behzad Mofidi-Nasrabadi

  24. The Last Centuries of Elam: The Neo-Elamite Period
  25. Elynn Gorris and Yasmina Wicks

    Part IV Close Encounters on the Eastern and Western Fronts

  26. Great Domino Games: From Elam, Looking Eastwards
  27. Massimo Vidale

  28. Elam and Babylonia c. 1400-1100 BC
  29. Ran Zadok

  30. Elam and Assyria
  31. Peter Dubovský

  32. Propaganda and Symbolism: Representations of the Elamites at the Time of Ashurbanipal Shahrokh Razmjou
  33. Part V Language and Writing in Elam

  34. Prehistoric Administrative Technologies and the Ancient Near Eastern Redistribution Economy: The Case of Greater Susiana
  35. Denise Schmandt-Besserat

  36. The Proto-Elamite Writing System
  37. Jacob L. Dahl

  38. Linear Elamite Writing
  39. François Desset

  40. The Elamite Language
  41. Jan Tavernier

  42. Writing in Elam
  43. Jean-Jacques Glassner

  44. Elamite Royal Inscriptions
  45. Florence Malbran-Labat

  46. Elamite Administration
  47. Gian Pietro Baselllo and Grazia Giovinazzo

    Part VI The Material Culture of Elam

  48. Elamite Architecture
  49. Behzad Mofidi-Nasrabadi

  50. Elamite Ceramics
  51. Bernadette K. McCall

  52. The Metal Arts of Elam
  53. François Bridey

  54. The Industry of Vitreous Materials in Elam
  55. Noëmi Daucé

  56. Origins of Monumental Sculpture in Elam: Two Case Studies
  57. Holly Pittman

  58. The Sculptural Arts of Elam
  59. Javier Álvarez-Mon

  60. Glyptic in the 4th-2nd Millennium
  61. Enrico Ascalone

  62. Glyptic in the 1st Millennium
  63. Mark B. Garrison

  64. Elamite Dress and Textiles
  65. Trudy S. Kawami

    Part VII Elamite Society

  66. Cuneiform Culture and Science, Calendars, and Metrology in Elam
  67. Gian Pietro Basello and Enrico Ascalone

  68. Elamite Religion and Ritual
  69. Enrique Quintana

  70. Elamite Funerary Practices
  71. Hermann Gasche and Steven W. Cole

  72. Women of Elam
  73. Aurelie Daems

  74. Music
  75. Bo Lawergren

    Part VIII The Legacy of Elam

  76. Elamite Administrative and Religious Heritage in the Persian Heartland
  77. Wouter F.M. Henkelman

  78. The Elamite Artistic Heritage of Persia
  79. Javier Álvarez-Mon

  80. Elam in Achaemenid Studies

Adriano V. Rossi

About the Editors

Javier Álvarez-Mon, a native of Spain, holds degrees in ancient Near Eastern art and archaeology from the École du Louvre (Paris) and the University of California at Berkeley, respectively. A 2003 Fullbright-Hays Fellow, he is presently Associate Professor in Near Eastern Archaeology and Art at Macquarie University (Australia) and 2014–18 Future Fellow (Australian Research Council). His primary research interests are the ancient Iranian civilizations of Elam and early Achaemenid Persia. He has two forthcoming books, Monumental Reliefs of the Elamite Highlands and The Art and Culture of Elam.

Gian Pietro Basello (PhD in the Ancient Near East 2005) is Tenured Lecturer (2018–) at "L’Orientale" University of Naples, Italy, where he has been teachin Elamite language since 2010. He has worked since 2003 on the Iranian–Italian joint Project DARIOSH (Digital Achaemenid Royal Inscription Open Schema Hypertext). His researches are also devoted to ancient calendars and systems for recording time. His website is

Yasmina Wicks completed her PhD entitled "'Alas, Short is the Joy of Life!':Elamite Funerary Practice in the First Half of the First Millennium BCE" at the University of Sydney, Australia, where she remains a research affiliate. She has authored a monograph, Bronze ‘Bathtub’ Coffins in the Context of 8th-6th Century BC Babylonian, Assyrian and Elamite Funerary Practices (2015), and several articles on the material culture of first millennium Elam.

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