Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Review of Persian Religion in the Achaemenid Period, ed. Henkelman and Redard

BRYN MAYR CLASSICAL REVIEW: Wouter Henkelman, Celine Redard (ed.), Persian Religion in the Achaemenid Period. Classica et orientalia, 16. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2017. Pp. 496. ISBN 9783447106474. €98,00. Reviewed by Zachary W. Silvia, Bryn Mawr College (
Persian Religion in the Achaemenid Period presents the proceedings of a 2013 colloquium concerned with religion in the Achaemenid Persian Empire. Twelve articles are included, drawing together perspectives from archaeology, art history, Avestan scholarship, history, and philology. The book is primarily concerned with regions east of the Zagros Mountains and southern Central Asia and thus will appeal to scholars and graduate students in fields related to these geographic regions during periods of Achaemenid and Hellenistic contact.

I noted the publication of the volume here. It doesn't have anything specifically on ancient Judaism, but many of the articles are of considerable background interest for Zoroastrianism and Achaemenid religion. There is also coverage of the Persepolis Fortification Archives and Persian-era Bactrian Aramaic texts (Aramaic Watch).

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