The Cambridge History of Iran: Seleucid Parthian available in Hardcover
The third volume, published in two parts, is an account of every aspect of Iranian civilisation from the death of Alexander in 323 BC to the advent of Islam in the seventh century AD. This complex period, of major importance in Iranian history and extending for almost a thousand years, encompasses the reigns of the Seleucid, the Parthian, the Kushan and Sasanian dynasties. As additions to the general objectives of these volumes, Professor Yarshater has included in this volume chapters on the institutional, administrative, legal, numismatic, linguistic and literary aspects of the period; and he further develops the scope of the volume by including studies of Iran's interaction with neighbouring societies, of Iran's mythical and legendary history, and of Iranian settlements outside the geographical boundaries of Iran and Afghanistan. This volume is the most comprehensive study published of this very important period of Iran's history.
Table of ContentsList of plates; List of line drawings; List of maps; Part V. Institutions: 18. Iranian society and law A. Perikhanian; 19. Political, social and administrative institutions: taxes and trade V. G. Lukonin; 20. Geographical and administrative divisions: settlements and economy Christopher Brunner; 21a. Time-reckoning E. Bickerman; 21b. Iranian festivals Mary Boyce; Part VI. Religious History: 22. Development of religious thought Carsten Colpe; 23. Zoroastrian religion J. Duchesne-Guillemin; 24. Jews in Iran J. Neusner; 25. Christians in Iran J. P. Asmussen; 26. Buddhism among Iranian peoples R. E. Emmerick; 27a. Manichaeism and its Iranian background G. Widengren; 27b. Mazdakism Ehsan Yarshater; Part VII. Art History: 28. Parthian art Daniel Schlumberger; 29a. Sasanian art Dorothy Shepherd; 29b. Sasanian silver Prudence Harper; 30. The development of the arts in Transoxiana Guity Azarpay; Part VIII: Languages and Literature: 31. Parthian writings and literature Mary Boyce; 32a. Zoroastrian Pahlavi writings J. P. de Menasce, O.P.; 32b. Manichaean Middle Persian writings Mary Boyce; 32c. Middle Persian inscriptions Phillippe Gignoux; 33. Sogdian language and literature Mark Dresden; 34. Khotanese Saka literature H. W. Bailey; 35. Khwarazmian language and literature D. N. Mackenzie; 36. Bactrian literature Ilya Gershevitch; 37. Sources of Parthian and Sasanian history G. Widengren; Bibliographies; Index; Index of Greek words.