Monumental Art of the Parthian Period in Iran

Richard N. Frye, T. S. Kawami
1990 Journal of the American Oriental Society  
Alexander invasion in 331 B.C. and 150 years of Seleucid domination have made a deep gap in Iran,s art. Thereafter, Hellenism emerged in Iran and caused a solstice in this art During this period Greek language, culture and mores were outspreaded all over Iran. In fact Parthians were the heritor of a country whose all dimensions were immingled with Greek culture whether politically, militarily, economically or of religion. Considerable changes occurred in art, literature and religion. Parthian
more » ... t was impressed by its adjacent civilizations from its neighbors to the plains of southern Russia and even China. They were inspired by Greek and Roman art and partial compositions are sensible in the art of this period which have been due to the cultural differences. However, Parthian art inspite of all problems, opened its way to future and succeeded to revive its ancestral heritages and delivered it to Sassanid. Generally, the tendency of this investigation is the general expression of art during this period and the influences of cultural interactions and Iranian traditions on Parthian art.
doi:10.2307/602930 fatcat:2upw32kmaveprm2pjgnxefmc64