Forgotten Empire:
the world of Ancient Persia

9 September 2005 – 8 January 2006

Exhibition closed

Room 5

Supported by BP

Forgotten Empire: the world of Ancient Persia brings together rare treasures to recreate the glory of the Persian Empire under the Achaemenid Great Kings, from 550–330 BC.

The exhibition explores their rule; the magnificence of the royal palaces at Persepolis; the wealth of the Empire’s art and architecture; and the legacy of the Great Kings after the conquest of their empire by Alexander of Macedon.

This exhibition displayed 321 objects and was seen by over 154,000 visitors.

Gold model chariot

Gold model chariot from the Oxus treasure. Region of Takht-i Kuwad, Tadjikistan, Achaemenid Persian, 5th-4th century BC.