Greek Perspectives on the Achaemenid Empire: Persia Through the Looking Glass

Greek Perspectives on the Achaemenid Empire: Persia Through the Looking Glass

by Janett Morgan




"The Greek's view of Persia and the Persians changed radically throughout the archaic and classical period as the Persians turned from noble warriors to peacock-loving cross-dressers. This book traces the development of a range of responses to the Achaemenids and their empire through a study of ancient texts and material evidence from the archaic and classical periods. Janett Morgan investigates the historical, political and social factors that inspired and manipulated different identities for Persia and the Persians within Greece. She offers unique insights into the role of Greek social elites and political communities in creating different representations of the Achaemenid Persians and their empire."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748647231
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Series: Edinburgh Studies in Ancient Persia EUP Series
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Janett Morgan is based the the Royal Holloway University, London. She is an interdisciplinary ancient Greek historian. Her research focuses on material culture and its representation in ancient texts, investigating the ways in which individuals, groups and communities in Greece and Achaemenid Iran used architecture and artefacts to create religious, social and political identities and to express differences."

Table of Contents

Introduction: Perspectives, Looking-Glasses and the Achaemenid Empire
1. Journeys of the Mind: Greek perspectives of the East before the Achaemenid Empire
2. Journeys through the Looking-Glass: early perspectives of the Achaemenid Empire.
3. Facing the Gorgon: reactions to the Achaemenid Empire in Classical Athens
4. What the Butler saw: intimate perspectives of King and court in Classical Ionian texts
5. The Mirror Crack'd: Spartan responses to the east and the Achaemenid Empire
6. Entering the Hall of Mirrors: Macedonia and the Achaemenid Empire
Conclusion: travelling with eunuchs

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