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The art of Achaemenid Persia: origins and influences

A look at the distinctive eclecticism of Persian art and architecture to accompany the exhibition, Forgotten Empire: the world of Ancient Persia.

John Curtis, Keeper of Ancient Near East Department of the British Museum and curator of the special exhibition Forgotten Empire: the world of Ancient Persia speaks about the official and popular art and architecture of the Achaemenid empire, and defines its main characteristics. He shows that Achaemenid art is essentially eclectic, drawn from different parts of the empire, but welded together to produce a distinctive style.


John Curtis | talks


Date and Time:

6 October 2005 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



The British Museum
Great Russell Street
+44 20 73 23 88 96

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£5, concessions £3

Available from:

British Museum Box Office
Tel: 020 7323 8181
Fax: 020 7323 8616

Additional Information:

Venue: BP Lecture Theatre

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