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Agriculture in Sasanian Persis: ideology and practice

Tobin Hartnell
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  • Department of the Social Sciences, The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, Kirkuk Highway, Sulaimani, Iraq
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Published Online: 2014-11-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jah-2014-0028


Data for the political economy in the highlands of Sasanian Persis1 is relatively limited, leading researchers to suggest that agricultural development and the level of urbanism in the region was limited. This article will present new survey data for settlements and agriculture in the Kur River Basin, the largest internal basin in the southern Zagros. It will also discuss the implications of this data for understanding Sasanian agricultural practices, the growing industrialization of the agricultural economy, the implications for social organization, and potential reasons why Sasanian agriculture was organized using weirs, rather than reservoir dams.

Keywords: agriculture; canal networks; milling; ancient Persia; Sasanian political economy; Anahid


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Published Online: 2014-11-08

Published in Print: 2014-11-01

Citation Information: Journal of Ancient History, Volume 2, Issue 2, Pages 182–208, ISSN (Online) 2324-8114, ISSN (Print) 2324-8106, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jah-2014-0028.

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