With Professor Michael Roaf

The Apadana was one of the largest and most impressive buildings at Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (c. 550–330 BC). Stone reliefs on the walls and staircases of the Apadana show kings, processions, soldiers, horses, and chariots, and depict many of the peoples of the Empire.

Despite much discussion of the round objects carried by the Yauna (normally equated with Greeks) on the Apadana, there is no consensus about their nature. In this talk, Michael Roaf, former Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at Munich University, will examine previous suggestions, investigate new possibilities, and propose a credible identification of the round objects.


The event will take place online on Zoom and a link to join the event will be shared in advance by email.

Booking closes the day before the event, or when fully booked.

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