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.
"This much-needed book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date survey of scholarship on one of the more enigmatic cultures of the ancient world, which dominated western Iran from the late fourth millennium BC to the mid-first: Elam. It is a necessary research tool for anyone with an interest in the history, philology, and archaeology of the ancient Near East and beyond."
Marc Van De Mieroop, Columbia University, USA
Table of Contents
Javier Álvarez-Mon, Gian Pietro Basello and Yasmina Wicks
Part I Imagining Elam: The History of Research and its Sources
Oscar White Muscarella
Part II The Land and Peoples of Elam
Cameron A. Petrie, Morteza Djamali, and Matthew D. Jones
Part III Elam through History
Elynn Gorris and Yasmina Wicks
Part IV Close Encounters on the Eastern and Western Fronts
Part V Language and Writing in Elam
Jacob L. Dahl
Gian Pietro Baselllo and Grazia Giovinazzo
Part VI The Material Culture of Elam
Bernadette K. McCall
Mark B. Garrison
Trudy S. Kawami
Part VII Elamite Society
Gian Pietro Basello and Enrico Ascalone
Hermann Gasche and Steven W. Cole
Part VIII The Legacy of Elam
Wouter F.M. Henkelman
Adriano V. Rossi
The Routledge Worlds are magisterial surveys of key historical epochs, edited and written by world-renowned experts. Giving unprecedented breadth and depth of coverage, they are the works against which all future books on their subjects will be judged and are essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in the subject.