Persepolis is a paradox. The location of Persepolis in Iran is complicated by the current political situation. Yet, artists Michael Stevenson and Marjane Satrapi have attempted to reclaim the essence of this ancient archeological site in their respective artworks. This paper examines works by Stevenson and Satrapi as they pertain to the theoretical concept of Persepolis. Persepolis is proposed as a site of inquiry. By learning more about how this space has entered the artistic and the political imagination, including having been the setting for a party thrown by the Shah of Iran in the 1970s, scholars may gain knowledge about the way idealized communal space functions as a signifier of culture and politics.
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