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    DescriptionPersia's Achaemenid Empire flourished between 550 and 331 BC, and encompassed a rich diversity of different peoples and cultures. It originated with Cyrus the Great (559 - 530 BC) and expanded under his successors - who ruled from the royal capitals of Susa and Persepolis - until at its peak it stretched from the Indus Valley to Greece and from the Caspian Sea to Egypt. The Achaemenids acted as a bridge between the earlier Near Eastern cultures and the later Classical world of the Mediterranean, and had a profound influence on Greece in political, military, economic and cultural fields. Even their conqueror, Alexander the Great, quickly succumbed to Persian culture. Famous Persian kings are known to us from Greek writers such as Herodotus and Xenophon. Later writers, artists and musicians since the sixteenth century have been inspired by the Achaemenids and the Persian Wars. This beautifully illustrated catalogue will provide a unique insight into the wealth and splendour of Persian society - its rich palaces, exquisite craftsmanship and sophisticated learning. Due to the centrality of the palace to imperial life, remains from the royal sites of Susa and Persepolis will provide a major focus, with objects grouped in themes within the palace context. Included will be sections on the expansion of the Persian Empire (including the Graeco-Persian Wars), arms and warfare, trade and commerce, writing, luxury dinner services, jewellery, religious and burial customs, and the rediscovery of Ancient Persia.

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    Forgotten Empire
    The World of Ancient Persia
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by J.E. Curtis, Edited by Nigel Tallis
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 228 mm
    Height: 290 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 1,302 g
    ISBN 13: 9780714111575
    ISBN 10: 0714111570

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA, HBJF
    DC22: 935.05
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAP
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    Illustrations note
    300 illustrations, (250 colour )
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    12 September 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    John Curtis is Keeper of the Department of the Ancient Near Eastern at the British Museum. He has written extensively on Iran, Mesopotamia (Iraq) and the ancient Near East. Nigel Tallis is Special Assistant in the Department of the Ancient Near Eastern at the British Museum.
    Table of contents
    1 Introduction; 2 The Palace; 3 The Royal Table; 4 Jewellery and Personal Ornaments; 5 Religion and Burial; 6 Administration and the Economy; 7 Transport and Warfare; 8 Persia and Greece; 9 Discovery of Ancient Persia.