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Ancient Persia : from 550 BC to 650 AD

Author: Josef Wiesehöfer; Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
Publisher: London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : New editionView all editions and formats
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Of all the great civilizations of the ancient world, that of Persia is one of the least understood. Josef Wiesehouml;fer's comprehensive survey of the Persian Empire under the Achaeminids, the Parthians, and the Sasanians focuses on the primary Persian sources--written, archaeological, and numismatic. He avoids the traditional Western approach which has tended to rely heavily on inaccurate Greek and Roman accounts.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Josef Wiesehöfer; Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
ISBN: 1860646751 9781860646751
OCLC Number: 47736588
Description: xiv, 332 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The beginning of Iranian supremacy in the ancient near East --
Part One. Iran from Cyrus to Alexander the Great: the reign of the Achaemenids. The testimonies; The king and his subjects; Xšaça, Dahyāǵva and Bāǧi: the kingdom, the peoples and the tributes paid to the king; Everyday life in Achaemenid Persis --
Part Two. Interlude. Macedonian domination over Iran --
Part Three. 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 Four. 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 --
Conclusion: The survival and rediscovery of ancient Iran.
Other Titles: Antike Persien.
Responsibility: Josef Wiesehöfer ; translated by Azizeh Azodi.

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Of all the great civilizations of the ancient world, that of Persia is one of the least understood. Josef Wiesehouml;fer's comprehensive survey of the Persian Empire under the Achaeminids, the Parthians, and the Sasanians focuses on the primary Persian sources--written, archaeological, and numismatic. He avoids the traditional Western approach which has tended to rely heavily on inaccurate Greek and Roman accounts. Part of the freshness of this book comes from its Near Eastern perspective. Of all the great civilizations of the ancient world, that of Persia is one of the least understood. Josef Wiesehöfer's comprehensive survey of the Persian Empire under the Achaeminids, the Parthians, and the Sasanians focuses on the primary Persian sources - written, archaeological, and numismatic. He avoids the traditional Western approach which has tended to rely heavily on inaccurate Greek and Roman accounts. Part of the freshness of this book comes from its Near Eastern perspective.

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