History of the Persian Empire

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Out of a lifetime of study of the ancient Near East, Professor Olmstead has gathered previously unknown material into the story of the life, times, and thought of the Persians, told for the first time from the Persian rather than the traditional Greek point of view.

"The fullest and most reliable presentation of the history of the Persian Empire in existence."—M. Rostovtzeff

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Overview

Out of a lifetime of study of the ancient Near East, Professor Olmstead has gathered previously unknown material into the story of the life, times, and thought of the Persians, told for the first time from the Persian rather than the traditional Greek point of view.

"The fullest and most reliable presentation of the history of the Persian Empire in existence."—M. Rostovtzeff

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226627779
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1959
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 568
  • Sales rank: 681,283
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 5.22 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations I. Ancient History II. Iranian Origins III. Founder Cyrus IV. Camp of the Persians V. Life among the Subject Peoples VI. Cambyses and the Conquest of Egypt VII. Prophet Zoroaster VIII. Usurper Darius IX. A New Lawgiver X. From India to Europe XI. Problems of the Greek Frontier XII. The Three Capitals: Ecbatana, Babylon, and Susa XIII. Persepolis XIV. A Royal Huckster XV. Paths of the Gods XVI. Xerxes as Crown Prince XVII. The Great King and His Armies XVIII. Failure in Europe XIX. Delian League against Persia XX. New Year's Day at Persepolis XXI. Overtaxation and Its Results XXII. Triumphs through Diplomacy XXIII. Oriental Tales and Romances XXIV. Science without Theology XXXV. Divide and Conquer XXVI. Decision for Sparta XXVII. Dictator to Greece XXVIII. The Last Egyptian Empire XXIX. Brief Recovery XXX. The Nile Regained XXXI. Science True and False XXXII. Religions Dying and Living XXXIII. Fresh Breezes from the West XXXIV. Philip and the Start of the Crusade XXXV. Alexander, Heir to the Crusade XXXVI. The Oriental God-King XXXVII. Persepolis—The Crusade Ends Topographical Index Name Index Subject Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2000

    A history of Persia not by Herodotus

    This book covers the period from Cyrus I to Alexander of Macedon and includes background material about prehistory and the nearby kingdoms. It includes extensive material about Persian art, sculpture, and architecture, apparenty much of it by Professor Olmstead's daughter. Extensive descriptions are given of Persepolis and of other art. I only wish they had been cross-referenced to the plates. Unfortunately Olmstead died in 1945, and the work was edited by his colleagues (as explained on the cover). This may be the cause of a loose organization and some wordy passages.

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