Ancient Persia A Concise History of the Achaemenid Empire, 550-330 BC

ISBN-10: 0521253691
ISBN-13: 9780521253697
Edition: 2013
Authors: Matthew Waters
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Description: The Achaemenid Persian Empire, at its greatest territorial extent under Darius I (r. 522-486 BCE), held sway over territory stretching from the Indus River Valley to southeastern Europe and from the western Himalayas to northeast Africa. In this  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/20/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 274
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

The Achaemenid Persian Empire, at its greatest territorial extent under Darius I (r. 522-486 BCE), held sway over territory stretching from the Indus River Valley to southeastern Europe and from the western Himalayas to northeast Africa. In this book, Matt Waters gives a detailed historical overview of the Achaemenid period while considering the manifold interpretive problems historians face in constructing and understanding its history. This book offers a Persian perspective even when relying on Greek textual sources and archaeological evidence. Waters situates the story of the Achaemenid Persians in the context of their predecessors in the mid-first millennium BCE and through their successors after the Macedonian conquest, constructing a compelling narrative of how the empire retained its vitality for more than two hundred years (c. 550-330 BCE) and left a massive imprint on Middle Eastern as well as Greek and European history.

Introduction: tracking an empire
Forerunners of the Achaemenids: the first half of the first millennium BCE
Persia rising: a new empire
From Cyrus to Darius I: empire in transition
Appendix: Darius' war for the succession
Darius the king
Mechanics of empire
Xerxes, the expander of the realm
Anatomy of empire
Empire at large: from the death of Xerxes to Darius II
Maintaining empire: Artaxerxes II and Artaxerxes III
Twilight of the Achaemenids
Epilogue
Timeline
Chronological chart of Achaemenid Persian kings
Lineages (family tree) of the Achaemenid royal family
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