The Column Monument in Bīsāpūr - a Roman Design for Sāpūr I?

Lecture | February 22 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Anahita Mittertrainer, Ph.D Candidate, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

 Near Eastern Studies

One of the most curious findings of the early Sasanian cities in Fars (modern southwest Iran) is the Roman style column monument of Bīsāpūr, which was discovered by Roman Ghirshman, the excavator of Bīsāpūr, in winter 1935/36. The monument was set up in the center of the city at the crossroads of the two main axes and consisted originally probably of two columns and a statue of King Sāpūr I. While fragments of the stone columns were found, the statue itself is lost. Due to the lack of research-based reconstructions of the monument in the past, this talk aims to investigate new possibilities to reconstruct the monument by comparing the column monument of Bīsāpūr with Roman and Sasanian monuments and sculptures. This comparison aims to enhance the understanding of cross-cultural relationships regarding the design of monumental royal imagery in the early Sasanian empire.

Anahita Mittertrainer is a doctoral student at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU). She completed her MA in Near Eastern Archaeology at the Free University Berlin and the Boğaziçi University Istanbul and obtained her BA in Archaeology from LMU Munich. She works in the field of Late Antiquity and her current research focuses on early Sasanian cities in southwest Iran., 510-643-5104