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Athens and Persia in the Fifth Century BC: A Study in Cultural Receptivity Paperback – August 19, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0521607582 ISBN-10: 0521607582

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  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (August 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521607582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521607582
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,775,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"All who read this thought-provoking book will find their understanding of fifth-century Athens greatly enriched, and come to realise that her extraordinary achievements are predicated on intimate contact with the Persian empire." Ame lie Kuhrt, Phoenix

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This is the first comprehensive collection of evidence pertaining to the relations between Athens and Persia in the fifth century BC. Archaeology, epigraphy, iconography and literature all reveal some facet of Athenian receptivity to Persian culture. This innovative and fully illustrated study traces the Athenian response as it appears in pot shapes, clothing, luxurious display and monumental architecture. Even while despising the Persians, the Athenians appropriated and reshaped aspects of Achaemenid culture to their own needs.

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In this unique book, Margaret Christina Miller shows despite the common belief that Athenians disliked Persian, they were very much fond of Persian culture (despite tensions and wars)and imitated some aspects of their arts and cultures and were Persianalized in many ways. Those aspects are evident in their numerous potteries and other archeological evidences -not to mention their books. I am seeing a new generation of researchers such as her and Professor Pierre Briant who try to narrate the history of the past in an unbiased manner. So far most of authors in the field were so much hostile against Persians as it sounded like they were in the army of Alexander the Great in his campaign against Persia!
Thank you Professor Miller!
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