The Elamite World

Álvarez-Mon, Javier, Gian Pietro Basello & Yasmina Wicks (eds.). 2018. The Elamite World (Routledge Worlds). London: Routledge.

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 suggested that the legacy of Elam was more considerable and long-lasting than previously estimated.

The Elamite World assembles a group of forty international scholars to contribute their expertise to the production of a solid, lavishly illustrated, English language treatment of Elamite civilization, covering topics such as its physical setting, historical development, languages and people, material culture, art, science, religion and society. Also treated are 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

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
    Peter Dubovský
  3. France and Elam
    Nicole Chevalier
  4. Between Orientalism and Persomania: the Presentation of the Iranian Collections at the Louvre
    Marianne Cotty
  5. Elamite Forgeries and the Antiquities Market
    Oscar White Muscarella

    Part II The Land and Peoples of Elam

  6. Physical Geography and Environment of Elam
    Cameron A. Petrie, Morteza Djamali, and Matthew D. Jones
  7. Metals and Mining
    Barbara Helwing
  8. The Peoples of Elam
    Ran Zadok
  9. Elamites and Iranians
    Jan Tavernier

    Part III Elam through History

  10. The Birth of Elam in History
    Piotr Steinkeller
  11. The Old Elamite Period
    Luca Peyronel
  12. Elam in the Middle Elamite Period
    Behzad Mofidi-Nasrabadi
  13. The Last Centuries of Elam: The Neo-Elamite Period
    Elynn Gorris and Yasmina Wicks

    Part IV Close Encounters on the Eastern and Western Fronts

  14. Great Domino Games: From Elam, Looking Eastwards
    Massimo Vidale
  15. Elam and Babylonia c. 1400-1100 BC
    Ran Zadok
  16. Elam and Assyria
    Peter Dubovský
  17. Propaganda and Symbolism: Representations of the Elamites at the Time of Ashurbanipal
    Shahrokh Razmjou

    Part V Language and Writing in Elam

  18. Prehistoric Administrative Technologies and the Ancient Near Eastern Redistribution Economy: The Case of Greater Susiana
    Denise Schmandt-Besserat
  19. The Proto-Elamite Writing System
    Jacob L. Dahl
  20. Linear Elamite Writing
    François Desset
  21. The Elamite Language
    Jan Tavernier
  22. Writing in Elam
    Jean-Jacques Glassner
  23. Elamite Royal Inscriptions
    Florence Malbran-Labat
  24. Elamite Administration
    Gian Pietro Baselllo and Grazia Giovinazzo

    Part VI The Material Culture of Elam

  25. Elamite Architecture
    Behzad Mofidi-Nasrabadi
  26. Elamite Ceramics
    Bernadette K. McCall
  27. The Metal Arts of Elam
    François Bridey
  28. The Industry of Vitreous Materials in Elam
    Noëmi Daucé
  29. Origins of Monumental Sculpture in Elam: Two Case Studies
    Holly Pittman
  30. The Sculptural Arts of Elam
    Javier Álvarez-Mon
  31. Glyptic in the 4th-2nd Millennium
    Enrico Ascalone
  32. Glyptic in the 1st Millennium
    Mark B. Garrison
  33. Elamite Dress and Textiles
    Trudy S. Kawami

    Part VII Elamite Society

  34. Cuneiform Culture and Science, Calendars, and Metrology in Elam
    Gian Pietro Basello and Enrico Ascalone
  35. Elamite Religion and Ritual
    Enrique Quintana
  36. Elamite Funerary Practices
    Hermann Gasche and Steven W. Cole
  37. Women of Elam
    Aurelie Daems
  38. Music
    Bo Lawergren

    Part VIII The Legacy of Elam

  39. Elamite Administrative and Religious Heritage in the Persian Heartland
    Wouter F.M. Henkelman
  40. The Elamite Artistic Heritage of Persia
    Javier Álvarez-Mon
  41. Elam in Achaemenid Studies
    Adriano V. Rossi