Also, the geographical area where the corpses were discovered is situated at the heart of what was the Median Empire.
After the Median Empire became the Medo-Persian Empire in 550 BCE, the Medes' culture, way of governance, and language were adapted by the Persian rulers and the Medes remained in honor and positions in the empire.
Of the twenty-three contributions by twenty contributors (including the afterword, by the editors), the authors of five adhere to or are comfortable with a Median Empire as traditionally defined, ten lean against, and the remainder do not come down on either side (i.
Those articles that receive most attention here are those that impinge most immediately upon the overarching question of the Median Empire and its historical place in the succession ("continuity") of empires from Assyria to Persia, as it has been perceived in modern scholarship.
Lanfranchi's "The Assyrian Expansion in the Zagros and Local Ruling Elites," provides the most compelling case for jettisoning all pre-conceived notions of a Median Empire or even of a unified Median entity capable of sustained, imperial activity.
Liverani also marshals biblical evidence to support his deconstruction of a Median Empire and convincingly applies this evidence to his framework of Median history.
37) that modern researchers would posit the existence of a Median Empire.
Those contributions to the volume that are based primarily on discussion of archaeological evidence are more positive, or at least ambivalent, about the Median Empire as traditionally defined.
Stronach's contribution, "Independent Media: Archaeological Notes from the Homeland," indirectly presents a case for the maintenance of a Median empire as traditionally defined.