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Matthew P. Canepa

Matthew P. Canepa. “Dynastic Sanctuaries and the Transformation of Iranian Kingship between Alexander and Islam”

Compte-rendu réalisé par Luca Colliva
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Matthew P. Canepa. “Dynastic Sanctuaries and the Transformation of Iranian Kingship between Alexander and Islam” in S. Babaie & T. Grigor (eds.). Persian Kingship and Architecture, Strategies of Power in Iran from the Achaemenids to the Pahlavis. London-New York I.B. Tauris, 2015, 65-117.

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1The interpretation of the so-called Dynastic Sanctuaries created by "Iranian-speaking” or “Iranian-influenced” dynasties between the Hellenistic period and the Islamic conquest is a long debated subject. In this article M.P. Canepa takes into consideration some possible sanctuaries, located in a vast area stretching from Commagene to Kushan India. The examined sites, which include Nemrut Daği, Old Nisa, Šāmī, Surkh Kotal, Māṭ and Naqš-e Rostam, are emblematic for their links with the ruling dynasties. According to the author, they were erected to honour the sovereign, his relatives and ancestors, and render cult to the gods, sometimes also in conjunction with funerary monuments, thus establishing a clear connection between the king and the divine.

2The study of these sites and the comparison with the Hellenistic tradition, mainly vehiculated by Seleucids, suggest to the author that the origin of these sanctuaries can be traced to the birth of a new pan-Iranian conception of kingship forged by the union of Hellenistic and Iranian traditions.

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Luca Colliva. Matthew P. Canepa, « Matthew P. Canepa. “Dynastic Sanctuaries and the Transformation of Iranian Kingship between Alexander and Islam” », Abstracta Iranica [En ligne], Volume 37-38-39 | 2018, document 3, mis en ligne le 30 décembre 2018, consulté le 04 décembre 2020. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/abstractairanica/44081 ; DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/abstractairanica.44081

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