Parthian Nisa: seat of Arsacid kings

Wednesday 6 July 2016,
BP Lecture Theatre
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During the mid-3rd century BC the Parthians, of nomadic origin and led by their first king Arsaces, founded the city of Nisa in present-day Turkmenistan.

Extensively excavated over the past 80 years, this exceptional site has produced a wealth of information relating to Parthian culture. Carlo Lippolis, Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Art and Archaeology, University of Torino, will offer an overview of the architectural and artistic features of Parthian Nisa, together with the results of recent investigations at the site.

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Clay head from the Square Hall at Nisa. Photo: Carlo Lippolis.