The Persian Empire: A Corpus of Sources from the Achaemenid Period

The Persian Empire: A Corpus of Sources from the Achaemenid Period

by A. Kuhrt
     
 

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.

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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.

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'... anyone interested in ancient Persia will greet her two-volume compendium of sources from the Archaemenid period with a sigh of relief. As a scholarly achievement, it sets the seal on what, for the past thirty years, has been one of the most dramatic feats of resurrection in the whole field of ancient history … To anyone interested in making the attempt, Amélie Kuhrt is an invaluable guide. Not only has she assembled all the material on the Archaemenids that most historians will ever need, but she has also provided commentaries on it that are models of informed and balanced scholarship.'Times Literary Supplement

'[T]he books do indeed constitute the most complete collection of source material for Achaemenid history that has yet been assembled... Kuhrt’s volumes will be an indispensable tool for all those interested in the Persian Empire for a very long time to come. The author is to be congratulated on a magnificent achievement that makes a fundamental contribution to studies of the Achaemenid period. This was recently recognized by the award to Amélie Kuhrt by the Islamic Republic of Iran of a Book of the Year prize for 2010.' - Palestine Exploration Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781136017025
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/15/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
496
File size:
25 MB
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