“Come Then Ye Classic Thieves of Each Degree”: The Social Context of the Persepolis Diaspora in the Early Nineteenth Century

  title={“Come Then Ye Classic Thieves of Each Degree”: The Social Context of the Persepolis Diaspora in the Early Nineteenth Century},
  author={Lindsay Allen},
  pages={207 - 234}
Abstract The diaspora of fragments from the stone structures on the Persepolis terrace in Iran began in earnest in the early nineteenth century. Members of the embassy of Sir Gore Ouseley made the best-known collections in 1811. This paper sets these removals in the context of a broader series of British physical interventions and transactions between 1800 and 1828. Fragments moved within a gift economy operating between detachments of East India Company officers who were deployed in Qajar… Expand
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