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Persians: Masters of the Empire (Lost Civilizations) Hardcover – July, 1995


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Product Details

  • Series: Lost Civilizations
  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Time Life Education (July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809491044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809491049
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Bookfan from Tokyo on January 22, 2000
I am glad to have bought and read this book. It is quite informative and interesting to read. The pictures are excellent and the writing is plain. The book treats the origins and development of the Persian (Iranian) Empire before the coming of Islam. It celeberates the archeological efforts and historical research that have brought this important part of human's history and planet into light. I only wish that the title of the series was not Lost Civilizations but First Civilizations. Egypt, Persia and India are very much alive. These books can make very good gifts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Laporte on June 14, 2010
I wanted a succinct history of Ancient Persia, and this book delivered. Persians: Masters of Empire, a Time-Life Book in the Lost Civilizations series, covers information from 4000 BCE to the beginning of the Islamic period starting in 642 CE. In four neatly organized sections the book chronologically describes early civilizations, societal patterns, rulers, artistic innovations, foreign influences, architectural developments and much more. Maps and photographs of marvelous artifacts enhance the text.

Time-Life produces great books in this genre, and Persians: Masters of Empire holds true to its publisher's fine reputation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 18, 2013
This book is part of the Time-Life series: Lost Civilizations. It examines Persian history and civilization from ancient Elam through the conquest by the Arabs in 642. The book has a wealth of information on its subject, along with a large number of beautiful and interesting pictures.

My one complaint against this book is that it largely ignores the religious aspect, devoting only one small sidebar to Zoroastrianism. If you are interested in the ancient Persians, then this is an excellent book to own.
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Well written with interesting informative pictures. Helps to get a good grasp of the geography, timing and cultural context of the early Middle Eastern kingdoms.
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