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A Life of Luxury:
Persia, Mesopotamia and Central Asia from Cyrus to Alexander

30 May – 02 June 2023


Course Description


This course, which coincides with a major British Museum exhibition, explores the luxurious world of the ancient Persians. It explores life in the great palaces of Persepolis and Susa and examines how Persian imperial taste pervaded every corner of its vast empire.


The course is convened by Dr Sara Peterson, with Prof Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones.


More details, including a full schedule, will be announced in early 2023. Please email us to register your interest and receive further information when it is available.


Course Structure


The course runs Tuesday to Friday, usually starting at 10am and finishing before 5pm. Lectures will take place in SOAS’ Russell Square, London campus. The course also features visits to the British Museum.


The full schedule will be announced in early 2023.

Course Fee:


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Please note that capacity for this course is strictly limited and places are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please refer to our registration terms and conditions before booking your space.


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