Rachael Maxon is a first-year Ph.D. student specializing in Ancient Near Eastern art and archaeology. She received her B.A in Classics and Art History from Cornell College with an emphasis on archaeology, and her M.A. in Art History from the University of Iowa. She has also received a M.A. in History from Midwestern State University and a TEFL certificate from University of Toronto. For her Ph.D. research, Rachael is focused on the art and archaeology of the Persian empire, and in particular the site of Susa and the rule of Darius I. The complex relationship between politics, art, memory, myth, and identity are central to the artistic program under Darius I and Rachael’s future research will explore the connections between these fields and Darius’ individual and socio-economic goals.