Ancient Persia

Ancient Persia

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Of all the great civilizations of the ancient world, that of Persia is one of the most remarkable but least understood. This is a study of the country's origins and why it collapsed so dramatically with the Arab invasions of the seventh century. Josef Wiesehofer, provides a comprehensive survey of the Persian Empire under the Achaeminids, the Parthians and the Sassanians. By focusing on the primary Persian sources - written, archaeological and numismatic evidence from Persia - he avoids the traditional Western approach which has tended to rely so heavily on inaccurate, and sometimes prejudiced, Greek and Roman sources.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 30.99mm | 762.04g
  • I.B. TAURIS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • illustrations, maps, index
  • 1850439990
  • 9781850439998

Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction: the beginnings of Iranian supremacy in the ancient Near East. Part 2 Iran from Cyprus to Alexander the Great - the reign of the Achaemenids: the testimonies; the king and his subjects; Xsaca, Dahyava and Bagi - the kingdom, the peoples and the tributes paid to the king; everyday life in Achaemenid Persis. Part 3 Macedonian domination over Iran. Part 4 Iran from Arsaces I to Artabanus IV: the Parthian reign; the testimonies; the king and his subjects; satraps, traders, soldiers and priests - administration, economy, the army and cults in Arsacid Iran. Part 5 Iran from Ardashir I to Yazdgird III - the reign of the Sasanians: the testimonies, the king and his subjects; Eranshahr - the empire, its inhabitants and their way of life. Part 6 Conclusion: the survival and rediscovery of ancient Iran.
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"The book deserves to continue to serve scholars and students for many years. A strength is the emphasis it gives to evaluating sources, and its balanced approach to them all..." -John Boardman, (University of Oxford) Ancient West & East 'This book presents a historical discussion of Persia from a Near Eastern perspective. A comprehensive social, political and cultural history of ancient Persia, providing new material for specialists while being fully accessible and appealing to anyone interested in the ancient world.' -- Fred Rhodes, The Middle East "Required Reading for a look at the nature of the Persian Empire as seen by the Persians." -The Guardian
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About Josef Wiesehofer

Josef Wiesehofer is Professor of Ancient History at the Institut fur Klassische Altertumskunde at the University of Kiel, Germany, and is the author of numerous books.
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