Ancient Persia / Edition 1

Ancient Persia / Edition 1

by Josef Wiesehofer
     
 

Josef Wiesehofer, one of the most respected scholars of the ancient world, provides here a comprehensive survey of the Persian Empire under the Achaemenids, the Parthians and the Sasanians. By focusing on the indigenous sources - written, archaeological and numismatic evidence from Persia - he avoids the traditional Western approach which has tended to rely so heavily… See more details below

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Josef Wiesehofer, one of the most respected scholars of the ancient world, provides here a comprehensive survey of the Persian Empire under the Achaemenids, the Parthians and the Sasanians. By focusing on the indigenous sources - written, archaeological and numismatic evidence from Persia - he avoids the traditional Western approach which has tended to rely so heavily on foreign and sometimes prejudiced Greek or Roman sources. Part of the freshness of this book comes from its presentation of a historical discussion of pre-Islamic Persia from a Near Eastern perspective.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781860646751
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
1,270,069
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Introduction: The Beginnings of Iranian Supremacy in the Ancient Near East1
Pt. 1Iran from Cyrus to Alexander the Great: the Reign of the Achaemenids5
1The Testimonies7
2The King and his Subjects29
3Xsaca, Dahyava and Bagi: the Kingdom, the Peoples and the Tributes Paid to the King56
4Everyday Life in Achaemenid Persis66
Pt. 2Interlude103
5Macedonian Domination over Iran105
Pt. 3Iran from Arsaces I to Artabanus IV: the Parthian Reign115
6The Testimonies117
7The King and his Subjects130
8Satraps, Traders, Soldiers and Priests: Administration, Economy, the Army and Cults in Arsacid Iran144
Pt. 4Iran from Ardashir I to Yazdgird III: the Reign of the Sasanians151
9The Testimonies153
10The King and his Subjects165
11Eranshahr: the Empire, its Inhabitants and their Way of Life183
Conclusion: The Survival and Rediscovery of Ancient Iran223
Postscript243
Abbreviations247
Bibliographical Essays251
Chronological Table307
Dynasties and Kings313
Index318

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