Ancient Persian Art and Architecture Timeline

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  • c. 7200 BCE - c. 550 BCE
    Development of Proto-Elamite and Elamite art and architecture which would influence the later Persian works.
  • c. 550 BCE - 330 BCE
    Persian art and architecture develops and flourishes during the time of the Achaemenid Persian Empire.
  • 312 BCE - 63 BCE
    Persian art and architecture becomes secondary to Hellenistic during the Seleucid Empire.
  • 247 BCE - 224 CE
    The Parthian Empire revives Persian art and architecture; develops frontal artworks and emphasizes circularity in architecture.
  • 224 CE - 651 CE
    The Sassanian Empire perfects and develops Persian art and architecture to its greatest height; invents the concept of the minaret and free-standing unreinforced arch.