Achaemenid History: methods, approaches and interdisciplinarity

Saturday 20 November 2010, Auditorium, MBI Al Jaber Building, Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

Programme for the workshop (.doc).


10.30-11.00 Coffee

11.00-11.30 John Ma (Oxford) General introduction; Christopher Tuplin (Liverpool) Achaemenid Egypt: the setting for Arshama

11.30-12.30 Amélie Kuhrt (London) Recovering Achaemenid history: the nature of the source material

12.30-1.30 Lunch (provided by the Arshama Project)

1.30-2.30 Michael Jursa (Vienna) Imperium and Officium: bureaucracy and the imperial state

2.30-3.30 Wouter Henkelman (Amsterdam and Paris) Achaemenid archives: the view from Persepolis

3.30-4.30 Lindsay Allen (London) The recovery of artefacts and documents from Achaemenid Egypt

4.30 Tea

All are welcome. If you are planning to attend please let the organisers know as soon as possible so that appropriate catering arrangements can be made


The workshop was well attended, and generated a lot of questions and points that were aired in e-mail discussion later. Here are some of these points; and also some of the materials which the workshop generated: an introduction to the Arshama dossier by C. J. Tuplin; the bibliography that was presented and discussed by A. Kuhrt, and that may be of general interest.


An introduction to Arshama (C. J. Tuplin).

Sources for the Achaemenid Empire (A. Kuhrt).