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Title: Foundation houses, fire altars and frataraka
Subtitle: Interpreting the iconography of some post-Achaemenid Persian Coins
Author(s): POTTS, D.T.
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 42 Date: 2007
The iconography on Persid coins of the frataraka dynasty has been discussed by many scholars. Interpretations have considered whether the building shown on the reverse of these coins was 1. a fire temple; 2. an atāshgah, i.e. a repository of holy fire; 3. a tomb; 4. a coronation tower; 5. a ‘foundation house’ or repository for Zoroastrian paraphernalia; or 6. a tower altar/fire altar. These putative functions, and the building’s relationship to the similarly shaped Zendan-e Sulaiman at Pasargadae and Ka‘ba-e Zardosht at Naqsh-e Rustam, are evaluated.