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Persepolis: Images of an Empire
Ongoing Exhibit, Museum Hours - The Oriental institute, 1155 E. 58th St., Chicago
This exhibit presents the afterlife of Persepolis as a travel destination, site of archaeological exploration, and overall wonder of the ancient world. Photographs taken during the Oriental institute's Persepolis Expedition (1931 - 1939) capture the magnitude and grandeur of the ruins of this center of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550 - 330 B.C.). iconic large-scale prints from this collection displayed in the exhibit portray the multitude of columns, grand portals and staircases, and elaborate stone carving of the site's majestic audience halls and residential palaces. They also emphasize the contrast between the built and natural landscapes that has come to define this legendary site. The pairing of these photographs with quotations from travelers to the site allows visitors to feel as if they themselves are standing amidst the ruins of Persepolis. A multimedia display featuring three-dimensional models of the architecture of Persepolis and surrounding topography demonstrate the continued contribution of this collection of archival photographs, as well as satellite imagery, to studies of spatial analysis and the ongoing importance of the site of Persepolis to the study of ancient iran. Admission to the museum is free, but a donation of $10 per adult or $5 per child is suggested and appreciated.


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