Forgotten Empire: The World of Ancient Persia / Edition 1

Forgotten Empire: The World of Ancient Persia / Edition 1

by J. E Curtis
     
 

This sumptuous book traces the rise and fall of one of the ancient world's largest and richest empires. Encompassing a rich diversity of different peoples and cultures, Persia's Achaeminid Empire flourished between 550 and 331 B.C. The empire originated with Cyrus the Great (559-530 B.C.) and expanded under his successors, who ruled from the royal capitals of Susa

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This sumptuous book traces the rise and fall of one of the ancient world's largest and richest empires. Encompassing a rich diversity of different peoples and cultures, Persia's Achaeminid Empire flourished between 550 and 331 B.C. The empire originated with Cyrus the Great (559-530 B.C.) and expanded under his successors, who ruled from the royal capitals of Susa and Persepolis, until at its peak it stretched from the Indus Valley to Greece and from the Caspian Sea to Egypt. The Achaeminids acted as a bridge between the earlier Near Eastern cultures and the later Classical world of the Mediterranean and had a profound influence on Greece in political, military, economic, and cultural fields. Forgotten Empire was created in association with the British Museum, which is mounting the most comprehensive exhibit ever staged on the Achaeminids. This book opens a window onto the wealth and splendor of Persian society—its rich palaces, exquisite craftsmanship, and sophisticated learning. Showcasing an unprecedented loan of unique material from the National Museum of Tehran—most of which has never before been presented outside of Iran—this beautifully illustrated and produced book demonstrates why the sculpture, glazed panels, gold vessels, and jewelry of the Achaeminids rank among the finest ever produced.

Because the palace was central to imperial life, remains from the royal sites of Susa and Persepolis are a major focus. Forgotten Empire is divided into sections such as the expansion of the Persian Empire, arms and warfare, trade and commerce, writing, luxury dinner services, jewelry, religious and burial customs, and the rediscovery of ancient Persia.

Copub: British Museum

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520247314
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/07/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
11.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword6
Foreword7
Preface8
1History of the Persian empire 550-330 B.C.12
2Achaemenid languages and inscriptions18
3The decipherment of Achaemenid cuneiform25
4The archaeology of the Achaemenid period30
5The palace50
6The royal table104
7Jewellery and personal ornaments132
8Religion and burial customs150
9The administration of the Achaemenid empire181
10Transport and warfare210
11Persia and Greece236
12The legacy of ancient Persia250

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