A major collaborative programme with the British School in Rome, this programme will aim to assess and situate Iran’s relations with its regional neighbours specifically the Roman Empire to the West and India during the ‘Golden age’ of the Guptas. The project will include both archaeological and historical components and will seek to illuminate developments in politics, religion, trade, as well as military and diplomatic interaction. Moreover, while the focus of the programme may lie in the Sasanian era, it will not preclude projects that assess the historical context, drawing on the Parthian experience and in particular the Parthian rivalry with Republican Rome.

Programme Director:

Professor Eberhard Sauer

Eberhard Sauer, MSt, DPhil, FSA, is Professor of Roman Archaeology at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh. He has taught at the School of Archaeology & Ancient History at Leicester and was awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Oxford in 2001-03.

Professor Sauer’s interests focus on the Roman Empire and Sasanian Persia, notably the linear walls in northern Iran. From 1996 until 2003/2004, he excavated the Claudian military base at Alchester in Oxfordshire, in 1997 and 1998 Aves Ditch, an Iron Age linear earthwork, and from 2005 until 2009 ancient fortifications and settlements in northern Iran. In his Doctorate (an expanded version of which was published in 2005), he examined how the Italian custom of depositing coins in springs was imported into Augustan Gaul. He is also interested in other aspects religion, notably image destruction and Christian fundamentalism in the late Roman world as well as in other fields of research, such as epigraphy, numismatics, Roman military archaeology in general, the relation between Archaeology and Ancient History. Recently, he has focused on the Sasanian Empire, one of the ancient world’s largest empires, stretching from Mesopotamia to the west of the Indian Subcontinent.

For more information on this project, please contact Professor Sauer.

For enquiries about this programme, please contact the Programme Director:

Professor Eberhard Sauer


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