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Forgotten Empire The World of Ancient Persia

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ISBN-10: 0520247310

ISBN-13: 9780520247314

Edition: 2005

Authors: John Curtis, Nigel Tallis, Beatrice Andre-Salvini, Barbara Armbruster

List price: $85.00
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This sumptuous book traces the rise and fall of one of the ancient world's largest and richest empires. Encompassing a rich diversity of different peoples and cultures, Persia's Achaeminid Empire flourished between 550 and 331 B.C. The empire originated with Cyrus the Great (559-530 B.C.) and expanded under his successors, who ruled from the royal capitals of Susa and Persepolis, until at its peak it stretched from the Indus Valley to Greece and from the Caspian Sea to Egypt. The Achaeminids acted as a bridge between the earlier Near Eastern cultures and the later Classical world of the Mediterranean and had a profound influence on Greece in political, military, economic, and cultural fields.Forgotten Empirewas created in association with the British Museum, which is mounting the most comprehensive exhibit ever staged on the Achaeminids. This book opens a window onto the wealth and splendor of Persian society--its rich palaces, exquisite craftsmanship, and sophisticated learning. Showcasing an unprecedented loan of unique material from the National Museum of Tehran--most of which has never before been presented outside of Iran--this beautifully illustrated and produced book demonstrates why the sculpture, glazed panels, gold vessels, and jewelry of the Achaeminids rank among the finest ever produced. Because the palace was central to imperial life, remains from the royal sites of Susa and Persepolis are a major focus.Forgotten Empireis divided into sections such as the expansion of the Persian Empire, arms and warfare, trade and commerce, writing, luxury dinner services, jewelry, religious and burial customs, and the rediscovery of ancient Persia.
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Book details

List price: $85.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/7/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 9.50" wide x 11.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.498
Language: English

Foreword
Foreword
Preface
History of the Persian empire 550-330 B.C.
Achaemenid languages and inscriptions
The decipherment of Achaemenid cuneiform
The archaeology of the Achaemenid period
The palace
The royal table
Jewellery and personal ornaments
Religion and burial customs
The administration of the Achaemenid empire
Transport and warfare
Persia and Greece
The legacy of ancient Persia