The Persian Empire: A Corpus of Sources from the Achaemenid Period 1st Edition
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'Amelie Kuhrt is an invaluable guide. Not only has she assembled all the material on the Archaemenids that most historians will ever need, but she has also provided commentaries on it that are models of informed and balanced scholarship.' Times Literary Supplement
'[T]he books do indeed constitute the most complete collection of source material for Achaemenid history that has yet been assembled... Kuhrt s volumes will be an indispensable tool for all those interested in the Persian Empire for a very long time to come. The author is to be congratulated on a magnificent achievement that makes a fundamental contribution to studies of the Achaemenid period. This was recently recognized by the award to Amelie Kuhrt by the Islamic Republic of Iran of a Book of the Year prize for 2010.' - Palestine Exploration Quarterly"
About the Author
- Publisher : Routledge; 1st edition (September 2, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0415552796
- ISBN-13 : 978-0415552790
- Item Weight : 4.3 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.44 x 2.11 x 9.69 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #301,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First the professional background of Prof. Kuhrt, is distinguished and thus she has decades of research and editing on the Achaemenid Period to draw from for this project. (See published conference proceedings, Achaemenid History Volumes 1-14) This is a "selection" and it must be understood that this is not comprehensive of ALL written sources. What is here definitely covers the main themes and many more details. If you are inclined to either go to the original sources, or find the sources not included, information about their location is listed.
First, it brings a number of "Eastern" ancient texts and sources to a single place where they can be accessed. This is important for many researchers, and with the release of the paperback version, it brings a rich compilation of eastern and western sources (with clear English translations) to anyone who would like to access them.
The organization of the work is chronological by ruler, and several maps, diagrams, and explanations are included throughout. The various sources are formatted to allow a reader or researcher easy access. Most books of this nature are quite confusing. The author and publisher are to be commended for not making that mistake. For a researcher or academic of the Achaemenid Persian period, this book is invaluable.
This reference work meets the standard of what scholarship is supposed to be. It does reach across a number of disciplines (Art, Archaeology, History, Linguistics, Anthropological) as well as reach across traditionally rigid boundaries from Classical Greco-Roman studies to Near Eastern Studies. It hits the mark on all fronts.