ACHAEMENID VISUAL REPRESENTATIONS OF ROYAL FIGURES

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Visual representations of Achaemenid kings, while indebted to established Mesopotamian iconographic conventions, betray distinct understandings of sovereignty. Royal reliefs, glyptic and molded bricks are highly modeled, a trait that has been attributed to the influence of Greek carvers but could readily have been a further development of Late Babylonian stylistic precedent.  Rounded, full-bodied images delineate the king as a living being rather than an abstracted icon.