- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press (November 7, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520247310
- ISBN-13: 978-0520247314
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1 x 11.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Forgotten Empire: The World of Ancient Persia
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Western knowledge of Persia comes mostly from the Greeks. We therefore know little about Persia 1000bc - 600 bc. Our knowledge starts with Cyrus, around 550 bc. We know his son, Cambyses, attacked Egypt and reigned around 530 bc. And Cambyses' sin Darius, around 522bc, was defeated at Marathon. He built Susa and Persepolis. Then came Xerxes, Artaxerxes, and the Achaemenid empire came to an end after the invasion by Alexander the Great. This book makes the case that the end of Alexander was the end of the lineage, because Alexander took every effort to continue the hereditary nobility.
Rather than an adversarial Greek-Persian relationship, this book sees much cooperative borrowing among the cultures. Persian objects were fashionable in Greece (p 24), and there is a long history of royal gift giving, aristocratic exchanges, and captured prizes.
After the collapse of the Achaemenids, knowledge of the empire was lost in the east but retained in the west. Muslim conquest and the Sassanians overwrote the Achaemenids altogether. The Greeks, and later the Romans, kept their knowledge of Persia - and westerners located and excavated the empire.
Very nice art book. Good timeline and list of kings, glossary, bibliography. Excellent photography.
Persia as decadent, womanist, weak, submissive vs. Greek as manly, virtuous, warrior, free
The main chapters cover history,archaeology,the palaces , he royal table,jewellery,religion,transport,administration,relationns with Greece and legacy.
The pictures are outstanding and the text first class - just as you would expet from the British museeum
With each contributor focusing on a different aspect of the famous Achaemenid empire, each chapter is independent, leaving the reader with the option of exploring the chapters in whatever order she prefers. Not only this, but every chapter is furnished with a multitude of visual illustrations from maps, artifacts, and reconstructive sketches. The experience is like walking through a museum with expert scholars giving live commentary; this book has all the perks one could ask for in a treatment of Ancient Persia.
It appears to be part of the conscious agenda of the various contributors to correct false impressions about ancient Persia by recognizing that the perspective of the Greeks--particularly Herodotus' writings--about the ancient Persians was not only limited but also bias, as most ancient historians were.
How can I describe it. Its wonderful. Handsomely illustrated with hundreds of gorgeous color photographs, not only of the artifacts themselves, including jewelry, vases, statues, pillars, stone reliefs, goblets, swords, and coins, but also the beautiful archeological remains of the sites from which they originate (ie. the administrative capital of Susa, the Pleasure Palace at Persepolis). I particularly love the rhytons, the silver or gold drinking horns, and the glazed tiles from Susa. The pictures detailing the tombs and palace complexes of Persepolis are stunning. This book recreates the doomed, beautifully tragic, golden society of ancient Persia.