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    DescriptionThe Achaemenid Persian Empire, at its greatest territorial extent under Darius I (r.522-486 BCE), held sway over territory stretching from the Indus River Valley to southeastern Europe and from the western Himalayas to northeast Africa. In this book, Matt Waters gives a detailed historical overview of the Achaemenid period while considering the manifold interpretive problems historians face in constructing and understanding its history. This book offers a Persian perspective even when relying on Greek textual sources and archaeological evidence. Waters situates the story of the Achaemenid Persians in the context of their predecessors in the mid-first millennium BCE and through their successors after the Macedonian conquest, constructing a compelling narrative of how the empire retained its vitality for more than two hundred years (c.550-330 BCE) and left a massive imprint on Middle Eastern as well as Greek and European history.


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    Title
    Ancient Persia
    Subtitle
    A Concise History of the Achaemenid Empire, 550-330 BCE
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Matt Waters
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 268
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 500 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521253697
    ISBN 10: 0521253691
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FB
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    DC22: 935.05
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    LC subject heading:
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAP
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 1QDAP
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 935/.05
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    DC23: 935.705
    LC classification: DS281 .W38 2014
    Thema V1.0: NHC, NHG
    Edition statement
    New.
    Illustrations note
    31 b/w illus. 6 maps
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    20 January 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Matt Waters is Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. He is the author of A Survey of Neo-Elamite History (2000), and his work has appeared in numerous journals, including Iran, Revue d'Assyriologie and the Journal of the American Oriental Society. Waters is the recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies, the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison's Institute for Research in the Humanities. He was awarded the Jonas C. Greenfield Prize from the American Oriental Society in 2006 for the best published article in ancient Near Eastern studies in a three-year period by a scholar under the age of forty.
    Review quote
    'An invaluable new resource for students of the Classical and Near Eastern worlds! Unparalleled in its clear and concise discussion, Ancient Persia draws on rich textual, visual, and archaeological sources to convey a cogent overview of the systems, places, and people who made up the Persian Empire. This tour-de-force is a must-have for scholars and the interested public alike.' Elspeth Dusinberre, University of Colorado, Boulder 'Attractively written, concise, and even-handed, this compact presentation fills a notable gap in the available literature. It will find a warm welcome from students and others who wish to familiarize themselves with a key period in the history of ancient Iran.' David Stronach, University of California, Berkeley
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction: tracking an empire; 2. Forerunners of the Achaemenids: the first half of the first millennium BCE; 3. Persia rising: a new empire; 4. From Cyrus to Darius I: empire in transition; 4. Appendix: Darius' war for the succession; 5. Darius the king; 6. Mechanics of empire; 7. Xerxes, the expander of the realm; 8. Anatomy of empire; 9. Empire at large: from the death of Xerxes to Darius II; 10. Maintaining empire: Artaxerxes II and Artaxerxes III; 11. Twilight of the Achaemenids; 12. Epilogue; Appendix A. Timeline; Appendix B. Chronological chart of Achaemenid Persian kings; Appendix C. Lineages (family tree) of the Achaemenid royal family; Appendix D. Further readings.