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Forgotten Empire

Author : John Curtis
ISBN : 9780520247314
Genre : Art
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A richly-illustrated and important book that traces the rise and fall of one of the ancient world's largest and richest empires.

Forgotten Empire

Author : John Curtis
ISBN : STANFORD:36105122202257
Genre : Architecture
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"This catalogue provides a unique insight into the wealth and splendour of Persian society - its magnificent palaces, exquisite craftsmanship and sophisticated administration. As the palace was central to imperial life, the objects illustrated are grouped in themes within a palatial context, the remains from the royal sites of Susa and Persepolis providing the major focus. Included are sections on gold jewellery, luxury tableware, religious and burial customs, and transport and commerce. Also discussed is the expansion of the Persian Empire, including the Graeco-Persian Wars, and the rediscovery of Ancient Persia."--BOOK JACKET.

Ancient Persia

Author : Josef Wiesehofer
ISBN : 1860646751
Genre : History
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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.

King And Court In Ancient Persia 559 To 331 Bce

Author : Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones
ISBN : 9780748677115
Genre : History
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This book explores the representation of Persian monarchy and the court of the Achaemenid Great Kings from the point of view of the ancient Iranians themselves and through the sometimes distorted prism of Classical authors.

A Political History Of The Achaemenid Empire

Author : M. A. Dandamaev
ISBN : 9004091726
Genre : History
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The Cyrus Cylinder And Ancient Persia

Author : John Curtis
ISBN : 0714111872
Genre : History
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The Cyrus Cylinder is one of the most famous objects to have survived from the ancient world. The Cylinder was inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform on the orders of the Persian King Cyrus the Great (559−530BC) after he captured Babylon in 539BC. It is often referred to as the first bill of human rights as it appears to permit freedom of worship throughout the Persian Empire and to allow deported people to return to their homelands. It is valued by people all around the world as a symbol of tolerance and respect for different peoples and different faiths, so much so that a copy of the cylinder is on display in the United Nations building in New York.This catalogue is being published in conjunction with the first ever tour of the object to the United States, along with sixteen other objects from the British Museum's collection. The book discusses how these objects demonstrate the innovations initiated by Persian rule in the Ancient Near East (550 BC−331 BC), a prime example being a gold plaque from the Oxus Treasure with the representation of a priest that shows the spread of the Zoroastrian religion. The book offers a new authoritative translation of the Cyrus Cylinder by Irving Finkel and the publication of two fragments of a cuneiform tablet that show how the Cyrus Cylinder was most probably a proclamation and not just a foundation deposit.

Ancient Persia

Author : Matt Waters
ISBN : 9781107652729
Genre : History
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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.

The Oxus Treasure

Author : John Curtis
ISBN : 0714150797
Genre : History
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In May 1880 Captain F.C. Burton, a British political officer in Afghanistan, rescued a group of merchants who had been captured by bandits while travelling between Kabul and Peshawar. With them was a rich and impressive collection of gold and silver objects dating back to the fifth and fourth centuries BC. From the banks of the River Oxus, the entire hoard was, in due course, bequeathed to the British Museum. Consisting of around 170 objects, including vessels, a gold scabbard, armlets, coins and much more, the collection is an example of ancient goldsmithery at its very best. With exciting and descriptive insight placing the treasure into historical and cultural context, this book takes a closer look at the individual wonders that make up the Oxus Treasure one of the British Museums most celebrated and cherished collections.

Rome And Persia In Late Antiquity

Author : Beate Dignas
ISBN : 9780521849258
Genre : History
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A narrative history, with sourcebook, of the turbulent relations between Rome and the Sasanian Empire.

Imperial Matter

Author : Lori Khatchadourian
ISBN : 9780520290525
Genre : Social Science
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A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s new open access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. What is the role of the material world in shaping the tensions and paradoxes of imperial sovereignty? Scholars have long shed light on the complex processes of conquest, extraction, and colonialism under imperial rule. But imperialism has usually been cast as an exclusively human drama, one in which the world of matter does not play an active role. Lori Khatchadourian argues instead that things—from everyday objects to monumental buildings—profoundly shape social and political life under empire. Out of the archaeology of ancient Persia and the South Caucasus, Imperial Matter advances powerful new analytical approaches to the study of imperialism writ large and should be read by scholars working on empire across the humanities and social sciences.

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