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H 245 x W 175 mm

156 pages

Illustrated throughout in colour and black & white (46 plates in colour)

Published Aug 2018

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784919566

Digital: 9781784919573

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Upper Tigris; Antiquity; Ilisu Dam; Heritage; Assyria; South-East Turkey; Persia

How did the Persian King of Kings Get His Wine? The upper Tigris in antiquity (c.700 BCE to 636 CE)

By Anthony Comfort, Michał Marciak

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This book explores the upper valley of the Tigris during antiquity. The area is little known to scholarship, and study is currently handicapped by the security situation in southeast Turkey and by the imminent completion of the Ilısu dam that will lead to the destruction of many archaeological sites, some of which have not been investigated.



Introduction; Transport and the road network; Relief sculptures; Dams on the upper Tigris and their consequences for historic monuments; Catalogue; Sites from antiquity (700 BCE to 636 CE) on and around the upper Tigris; Conclusion; Bibliography

About the Author

ANTHONY COMFORT is an independent scholar associated with the Centre for the Study of Greek and Roman Antiquity at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. After a career in the secretariat of the European Parliament, he completed a doctoral dissertation dealing with the roads on the frontier between Rome and Persia at Exeter University under the supervision of Stephen Mitchell. He is a specialist in the use of satellite imagery for archaeology in the Middle East but is now responsible for a project concerning the Roman roads of south-west France, where he lives. | MICHAŁ MARCIAK, PhD (2012), Leiden University, is an Assistant Professor at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland). He has published extensively on Northern Mesopotamia, including two monographs Izates, Helena, and Monobazos of Adiabene (Harrassowitz, 2014) and Sophene, Gordyene, and Adiabene: Three Regna Minora of Northern Mesopotamia Between East and West (Brill, 2017). He is currently also the Principal Investigator of the Gaugamela Project (in cooperation with the Land of Nineveh Archaeological Project of the University of Udine, Italy) which is dedicated to the identification of the site of the Battle of Gaugamela (331 BCE).