School of Arts

A Life of Luxury: Persia, Mesopotamia and Central Asia from Cyrus to Alexander

Key information

Start date
30 May – 02 June 2023
Attendance mode
On campus
Russell Square, College Buildings

Course overview

This course, which coincides with a major British Museum exhibition, explores the luxurious world of the ancient Persians. It explores life in the great palaces of Persepolis and Susa and examines how Persian imperial taste pervaded every corner of its vast empire.

The course is convened by Dr Sara Peterson, with Prof Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones.

More details, including a full schedule, will be announced in early 2023. To register your interest and receive further information as soon as it's available, please email us:


The course runs Tuesday to Friday, usually starting at 10am and finishing before 5pm.

Lectures will take place in SOAS’ Russell Square, London campus. The course also features visits to the British Museum.

The full schedule will be announced in early 2023.

For more information, please contact us:

Fees and funding



Capacity for this course is strictly limited and places are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please refer to our registration terms and conditions before booking your space.

Book your place today!