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Product Details

  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Afshar Publishing; First edition (August 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985498110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985498115
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an important book: don't let its comparative slimness deceive you. In less than 100 pages, some of the best scholars in the field provide a lively, informed, and valuable synthesis of current thinking about one antiquity's foremost figures. The new English/Persian translations of the infamous Cylinder are not only useful, but much needed. Cyrus the Great has been very well served by Touraj Daryaee and his team. --Dr Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, Senior Lecturer in Ancient History, The University of Edinburgh

About the Author

Touraj Daryaee was born in Tehran, Iran in 1967. His elementary and secondary schooling was in Tehran, Iran and Athens, Greece. Daryaee took his Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1999. He specializes in the history and culture of Ancient Persia. His most recent articles include: "History, Epic, and Numismatics: On the Title of Yazdgerd I (R m ahr)," Journal of the American Numismatic Society, vol. 14, 2002(2003), pp. 89-95; "Gay mard: King of Clay or Mountain? The epithet of the First Man in the Zoroastrian Tradition," Paitim na, Essays in Iranian, Indo-European, and Indian Studies in Honor of Hanns-Peter Schmidt, Mazda Press, 2003, pp. 339-349; "Sight, Semen, and the Brain: Ancient Persian Notions of Physiology in Old and Middle Iranian Texts," The Journal of Indo-European Studies, vol. 30, nos. 1&2, 2002, pp. 1-26; "The Changing 'image of the World': Geography and Imperial Propaganda in Ancient Persia," Electrum, Studies in Ancient History, vol. 6, 2002, pp. 99-109. His books include Sahrestaniha i Eransahr, A Middle Persian Text on Late Antique Geography, Epic, and History, Mazda Publishers, Costa Mesa, 2002; History & Culture of the Sasanians, Qoqnoos Press, Tehran, 2003; and Menog i Xrad: The Spirit of Wisdom, Essays in Memory of Ahmad Tafazzoli, Mazda Publishers, Costa Mesa, 2003. He is also the editor of the Name-ye Iran-e Bastan, The International Journal of Ancient Iranian Studies.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A.J. Cave on September 3, 2013
This small book is a handy collection of 5 essays about the celebrated Persian King Cyrus the Great (Persian: Kurush), edited by the Iranian-American scholar Touraj Daryaee and written by eminent Achaemenid scholars and specialists for the general readers to commemorate the historical 2013 Cyrus Cylinder Tour in the U.S. It concludes with a new translation of the famous Cyrus Cylinder (originally written in Babylonian dialect of Akkadian) in English and Persian, based on the 2 new fragments discovered in 2010 (one of them by the late Professor Lambert) among the vast cuneiform collection of the British Museum.

Venturing beyond the traditional biblical and classical sources, an international team of scholars combines the latest archaeological and textual sources to provide a glimpse of the founder of the first true world empire:

1. Cyrus the Great--Pierre Briant, Collège de France
2. Religion of Cyrus the Great--Touraj Daryaee, University of California, Irvine
3. Pilgrimage to Pasargadae--Ali Mousavi, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
4. The Form, Language and Contents of the Cyrus Cylinder--Matthew W. Stolper, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
5. Cyrus and Pasargadae--David Stronach, University of California, Berkeley

English Translation of the Cyrus Cylinder--Irving Finkel, The British Museum
Persian Translation of the Cyrus Cylinder--Shahrokh Razmjou, The British Museum & The University of Tehran

Happy reading!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Khodadad REZAKHANI on September 11, 2013
This book fills a huge gap in the available studies of the early Achaemenid history, particularly the life and work of Cyrus himself. While he is much talked about, we actually have very few works on Cyrus himself, and the usual translations of Cyropaedia or the Cyrus Cylinder suffer from a lack of context. Making this volume available to the interested public, and even the well-informed specialists, is a great step towards studying Cyrus away from the normal, prevalent nationalist trends which sadly surround him.

The book contains several articles from renowned and experienced scholars of the field such as Pierre Briant, Matthew Stolper, and David Stronach, as well as Ali Mousavi, with a fresh and exciting new study of Achaemenid religion by the editor (Touraj Daryaee). The essays provide important context for understanding Cyrus, the foundation of the Achaemenid Empire, the issuing of his famous "edict" - the so called Cyrus Cylinder - as well as the archaeological works relating to Cyrus and the foundation of his empire. These essays, despite their sound scholarly and innovative basis, are quite readable and written with a general audience in mind, making them useful to a wide range of readers.

Considering its limited pages, this book contains a remarkable amount of useful information, gathered together in a single accessible volume, which in fact does more to introduce Cyrus to the general and specialist readers than many larger, more conventional academic tomes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cyrus on September 24, 2013
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I just finished reading the book today and decided to write a review on it. First, I should mention that this book might not be the best choice for the general audience who have no familiarity with the subject; the reason I say this is because the book contains a huge amount of brand-new material which I believe is a product of very recent studies. Authors introduce arguments that you rarely find in similar sources. In my opinion this book, unlike its size, is the beginning to a vast new research area about Cyrus the Great and the Achaemenians in general, especially in the first two chapters the author introduces interesting arguments about the religious aspects of Cyrus's era which I believe needs to be elaborated on in future work. Also the possibility that Iranians were not aware of Cyrus's achievements until about a hundred years ago!
Any history reader who has a passion for ancient history will find this book amusing and unique.
Thank you for the great work ...
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mariam Azary on September 1, 2013
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Well presented and well documented. Another great work by this meticulous scholar on a man who affected the course of mankind.
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By Berthe Morisot on November 17, 2014
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good but too many names
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