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Nomadism in Iran: From Antiquity to the Modern Era

D. T. Potts


This book examines the development of nomadism in Iran over the course of three millennia. Evidence of nomadism in prehistory is examined and found insufficient to justify claims of its great antiquity. The background of the earliest nomadic groups, identified as Persian tribes by Herodotus, is examined within the context of the migration of Iranian speakers onto the Iranian plateau in the late second or early first millennium B.C. Thereafter, evidence of nomadic groups in Late Antiquity and early Islamic times is reviewed. Major nomadic incursions from the medieval period onwards changed the ... More

Keywords: nomadism, nomads, pastoralism, Iran, archaeology, prehistory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199330799
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199330799.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

D. T. Potts, author
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University