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Title: The Poetics of Emulation in the Achaemenid World
Subtitle: The Figured Bowls of the 'Lydian Treasure'
Author(s): MILLER, Margaret C.
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 6    Date: 2007   
Pages: 43-72
DOI: 10.2143/AWE.6.0.2022793

Abstract :
The rhetoric of inclusion commonly features in the propaganda of empire but the success of the message and extent of its embeddedness in the ideology of the subject peoples are rarely traceable in the archaeological record. Newly published evidence allows a case study for the Lydian kingdom within the Achaemenid Persian empire. Three silver lobed bowls, all evidently from a wealthy Lydian burial of the early Persian period, feature Achaemenidising figured decoration between their lobes. ‘Syntactical irregularities’ in their imagery, technique and even morphology reveal a local production in emulation of imperial symbols of power.

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