Ancient Persia A Concise History of the Achaemenid Empire, 550-330 BC
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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 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.
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List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/20/2014
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
|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|
|Chronological chart of Achaemenid Persian kings|
|Lineages (family tree) of the Achaemenid royal family|