History of the Persian Empire

Author: Albert T. Olmstead,Albert Ten Eyck Olmstead,Arthur T. Olmstead
Publisher: Phoenix Books
ISBN: 9780226627779
Category: History
Page: 576
View: 947
Traces the achievements of the Iranian empire through two centuries of glory to its downfall in the third century B.C

Ancient Persia

A Concise History of the Achaemenid Empire, 550–330 BCE
Author: Matt Waters
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107652723
Category: History
Page: 272
View: 1040
The 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.

A Political History of the Achaemenid Empire

Author: M. A. Dandamaev
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004091726
Category: History
Page: 373
View: 6657

Forgotten Empire

The World of Ancient Persia
Author: John Curtis,Nigel Tallis
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520247310
Category: Art
Page: 272
View: 6571
A richly-illustrated and important book that traces the rise and fall of one of the ancient world's largest and richest empires.

Herodotus: Histories

Author: Herodotus,A. M. Bowie
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521573289
Category: History
Page: 258
View: 9063
Edition for students of this important book whose centre-piece is the Battle of Salamis.

The Persian Empire

A Corpus of Sources from the Achaemenid Period
Author: Amélie Kuhrt
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136016945
Category: History
Page: 496
View: 872
Bringing together a wide variety of material in many different languages that exists from the substantial body of work left by this large empire, The Persian Empire presents annotated translations, together with introductions to the problems of using it in order to gain an understanding of the history and working os this remarkable political entity. The Achaemenid empire developed in the region of modern Fars (Islam) and expanded to unite territories stretching from the Segean and Egypt in the west to Central Asia and north-west India, which it ruled for over 200 years until its conquest by Alexander of Macedon. Although all these regions had long since been in contact with each other, they had never been linked under a single regime. The Persian empire represents an important phase of transformation for its subjects, such as the Jews, as well as those living on its edges, such as the European Greeks.

Safavid Iran

Rebirth of a Persian Empire
Author: Andrew J Newman
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857733664
Category: History
Page: 296
View: 5690
Winner of the International Book Prize in Iranian Studies The Safavid dynasty, which reigned from the late fifteenth to the eighteenth century, links medieval with modern Iran. The Safavids witnessed wide-ranging developments in politics, warfare, science, philosophy, religion, art and architecture. But how did this dynasty manage to produce the longest lasting and most glorious of Iran’s Islamic-period eras? Andrew Newman offers a complete re-evaluation of the Safavid place in history as they presided over these extraordinary developments and the wondrous flowering of Iranian culture. In the process he dissects the Safavid story, from before the 1501 capture of Tabriz by Shah Ismail (1488-1524), the point at which Shi`ism became the realm's established faith; on to the sixteenth and early seventeenth century dominated by Shah Abbas (1587-1629), whose patronage of art and architecture from his capital of Isfahan embodied the Safavid spirit; and culminating with the reign of Sultan Husayn (reg. 1694-1722). Based on meticulous scholarship, Newman offers a valuable new interpretation of the rise of the Safavids and their eventual demise in the eighteenth century. Safavid Iran, with its fresh insights and new research, is the definitive single volume work on the subject. ‘There is an enormous amount of valuable material here and very wide and impressive reading.’ Charles Melville, Reader in Persian History, University of Cambridge

The Oxford Handbook of Iranian History

Author: Touraj Daryaee
Publisher: OUP USA
ISBN: 0199732159
Category: History
Page: 414
View: 1109
This handbook is a guide to Iran's complex history. The book emphasizes the large-scale continuities of Iranian history while also describing the important patterns of transformation that have characterized Iran's past.

The Persian Empire: A Historical Encyclopedia [2 volumes]

A Historical Encyclopedia
Author: Mehrdad Kia
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610693914
Category: History
Page: 722
View: 7630
This well-balanced reference on ancient Persia demonstrates the region's contributions to the growth and development of human civilization from the 7th century BCE through the fall of the Persian Sasanian Empire in 651CE. • Provides coverage of major events in ancient Persian history from the formation of the Median empire in the 7th century BCE to 65 CE • Includes photographs of various historical and archeological sites dating back to various periods of ancient Persian history

Ancient Persia

Author: Josef Wiesehofer
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 9781860646751
Category: History
Page: 332
View: 5026
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.

Birth of the Persian Empire

Author: Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis,Sarah Stewart
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857733079
Category: History
Page: 160
View: 7442
Of the great ancient civilizations, that of Persia is the least known and the most enigmatic. This book explores the formation of the first Persian Empire under the Achaemenid Persians. It brings together a multi-disciplinary view of ancient Iran in the first millennium BC and concentrates on the art, archaeology, history and religion of a geographical area far beyond the present borders of modern Iran in the period beginning just before the formation of the Persian empire in the middle of the 6th century up to its collapse following conquest by Alexander the Great in the late 4th century BC. Eminent scholars here give a critical approach to some of the traditional interpretations and discuss topics which help the reader towards a better understanding of the formation of the Persian empire. This is the first volume in the Idea of Iran series which will be a four-volume collection encompassing the history of that country.

Persian Fire

Author: Tom Holland
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780307386984
Category: History
Page: 464
View: 1341
A "fresh...thrilling" (The Guardian) account of the Graeco-Persian Wars. In the fifth century B.C., a global superpower was determined to bring truth and order to what it regarded as two terrorist states. The superpower was Persia, incomparably rich in ambition, gold, and men. The terrorist states were Athens and Sparta, eccentric cities in a poor and mountainous backwater: Greece. The story of how their citizens took on the Great King of Persia, and thereby saved not only themselves but Western civilization as well, is as heart-stopping and fateful as any episode in history. Tom Holland’s brilliant study of these critical Persian Wars skillfully examines a conflict of critical importance to both ancient and modern history.

From Cyrus to Alexander

A History of the Persian Empire
Author: Pierre Briant
Publisher: Eisenbrauns
ISBN: 1575061201
Category: Ancient World
Page: 1196
View: 510


Masters of Empire
Author: Time-Life Books
Publisher: Time Life Education
ISBN: 9780809491049
Category: History
Page: 168
View: 7985
Looks at the history and culture of the Persians and describes the ruins and artifacts they left behind

The Persian Empire from Cyrus II to Artaxerxes I

Author: Maria Brosius
Publisher: Lactor
Category: History
Page: 99
View: 6705
A history of the Persian Empire and its rulers from c.620 to 424BC, based on a range of source material. Brosius ends this study with a general discussion of the organisation and administration of the Empire and its religious aspects. Also includes an index of people and gods, extensive notes on sources and lists of authors and texts, maps, family tree, calendrical and chronological information.

Discovering Cyrus

The Persian Conqueror Astride the Ancient World
Author: Reza Zarghamee
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781933823935
Page: 728
View: 8253
Some of the most fascinating human epochs lie in the borderlands between history and mystery. So it is with the life of Cyrus the Great, founder of the Persian Empire in the sixth century bce. By conquest or gentler means, he brought under his rule a dominion stretching from the Aegean Sea to the Hindu Kush and encompassing some tens of millions of people. All across this immense imperium, he earned support and stability by respecting local customs and religions, avoiding the brutal ways of tyranny, and efficiently administering the realm through provincial governors. The empire would last another two centuries, leaving an indelible Persian imprint on much of the ancient world. The Greek chronicler Xenophon, looking back from a distance of several generations, wrote: "Cyrus did indeed eclipse all other monarchs, before or since." The vision of the biblical prophet known as Second Isaiah anticipates Cyrus' repatriation of Jews living in exile in Babylon with these words of the Lord: "He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please." Despite what he achieved and bequeathed, much about Cyrus remains uncertain. Persians of his era had no great respect for the written word and kept no annals. The most complete accounts of his life were composed by Greeks. More fragmentary or tangential evidence takes many forms - among them, archaeological remains, administrative records in subject lands, and the always tricky stuff of legend. Given these challenges, Discovering Cyrus: The Persian Conqueror Astride the Ancient World is a remarkable feat of portraiture. In his vast sweep, Reza Zarghamee draws on sources of every kind, painstakingly assembling detail, and always weighing evidence carefully where contradictions arise. He describes the background of the Persian people, the turbulence of the times, and the roots of Cyrus' policies. His account of the imperial era itself delves into religion, military methods, commerce, court life, and much else besides. The result is a living, breathing Cyrus standing atop a distant world that played a key role in shaping our own.

The Persian Wars

Author: Herodotus
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780674991309
Page: 503
View: 4648

Sasanian Persia

The Rise and Fall of an Empire
Author: Touraj Daryaee
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857737228
Category: Political Science
Page: 256
View: 4812
Of profound importance in late antiquity, the Sasanian Empire is virtually unknown today, except as a counterpoint to the Roman Empire. In this highly readable history, Touraj Daryaee fills a significant gap in our knowledge of world history. He examines the Sasanians’ complex and colourful narrative and demonstrates their unique significance, not only for the development of Iranian civilization but also for Roman and Islamic history. The Sasanians were the last of the ancient Persian dynasties and are best known as the pre-eminent practitioners of the Zoroastrian religion. Founded by Ardashir I in 224 CE, the Sasanian Empire was the dominant force in the Middle East for several centuries until its last king, Yazdgerd III, was defeated by the Muslim Arabs in the seventh century. In this concise yet comprehensive new book, Touraj Daryaee provides an unrivalled account of SasanianPersia. Drawing on extensive new sources, he paints a vivid portrait of Sasanian life and unravels the divergent strands that contributed to the making of this great empire. 'A masterpiece of research and will be the last word on Sasanian Iran in all of its aspects' - Richard N. Frye, Emeritus Professor of Iranian Studies, Harvard University

A State of Mixture

Christians, Zoroastrians, and Iranian Political Culture in Late Antiquity
Author: Richard E. Payne
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520292456
Category: Religion
Page: 320
View: 2968
Christian communities flourished during late antiquity in a Zoroastrian political system, known as the Iranian Empire, that integrated culturally and geographically disparate territories from Arabia to Afghanistan into its institutions and networks. Whereas previous studies have regarded Christians as marginal, insular, and often persecuted participants in this empire, Richard Payne demonstrates their integration into elite networks, adoption of Iranian political practices and imaginaries, and participation in imperial institutions. The rise of Christianity in Iran depended on the Zoroastrian theory and practice of hierarchical, differentiated inclusion, according to which Christians, Jews, and others occupied legitimate places in Iranian political culture in positions subordinate to the imperial religion. Christians, for their part, positioned themselves in a political culture not of their own making, with recourse to their own ideological and institutional resources, ranging from the writing of saints’ lives to the judicial arbitration of bishops. In placing the social history of East Syrian Christians at the center of the Iranian imperial story, A State of Mixture helps explain the endurance of a culturally diverse empire across four centuries.

Persian Interventions

The Achaemenid Empire, Athens, and Sparta, 450−386 BCE
Author: John O. Hyland
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421423707
Category: History
Page: 272
View: 5043
"In this book, Hyland examines the international relations of the First Persian Empire (the Achaemenid Empire) as a case study in ancient imperialism. He focuses in particular on Persian's relations with the Greek city-states and its diplomatic influence over Athens and Sparta. Previous studies have emphasized the ways in which Persia sought to protect its borders by playing the often warring Athens and Sparta off each other, prolonging their conflicts through limited aid and shifts of alliance. Hyland proposes a new model, employing Persian ideological texts and economic documents to contextualize the Greek narrative framework, that demonstrates that Persian Kings were less interested in control of the Ionian region where Greece bordered the empire than in displays of universal power through the acquisition of Athens or Sparta as client states. On the other hand, the establishment of "Pax Persica" beyond the Aegean was delayed by Persian efforts to limit the interventions' expense, and missteps in dealing with fractious Greek allies. This reevaluation of Persia's Greek relations marks an important contribution to scholarship on the Achaemenid empire and Greek history, and has value for the broader study of imperialism in the ancient world."--Provided by publisher.