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The World of Achaemenid Persia: The Diversity of Ancient Iran

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ISBN-13: 978-1848853461
ISBN-10: 1848853467
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""This timely book represents an outstanding contribution to the state of research on the first actual world empire in history. There can be no doubt that many of its thought-provoking articles will make a strong impact on our views of ancient Persia, and of its society and culture."" -- Josef Wiesehöfer, Professor of Ancient History, Kiel University

""The Achaemenid era constitutes the most brilliant period of Persia’s long history: a period during which all of Western Asia and part of North Africa were brought together in a vast empire under the suzerainty of the Achaemenid kings. A great deal of research has gone into the elucidation of the various aspects of the dynasty and the empire. It is wonderful now to have such an up-to-date, competent, and comprehensive history and culture of Achaemenid Persia between two covers.""--Ehsan Yarshater, Hagop Kevorkian Professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies, Columbia University

""The Persian Empire has never been out of the news, but since the great British Museum exhibition, and a spate of publications on the subject, it is more in the eyes and minds of archaeologists and historians of the ancient world than hitherto. This welcome volume offers a major guide to and an explanation of the whole phenomenon, from the acknowledged experts. It will be used and referred to more than most such compendia, and for very good reason.""--Sir John Boardman, FBA, Lincoln Professor Emeritus of Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford

""This attractive and authoritative volume provides an unusually complete assessment of the multiple accomplishments of the Achaemenid Persians. The range of topics that is covered is quite exceptional; and the long list of contributors includes most of the principal scholars who are active in Achaemenid and ancient Persian studies at the present moment.""-- David Stronach, Emeritus Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology, University of California, Berkeley

""A valuable asset to those interested in Archaemenid and Persian studies...comprehensive and authoritative, addressing important historical and cultural concerns. Often, in works such as this, the bibliography and index are lacking or non-existent. This one is an exception...[the bibliography and index] make an already splendid volume much more enjoyable."" -- Iran and the Caucasus

About the Author

John Curtis is Keeper of the Middle East Collections at the British Museum and St John Simpson is Curator of Ancient Iran and Arabia, also at the British Museum.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris (May 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848853467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848853461
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,747,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is simply indispensable for the study of Achaemenid Persia. The essays are well written, well considered and will deepen the knowledge and understanding of those who are already expert in the field. Highly recommended
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Anyone who want to educate themselves on some of the latest finds regarding the ancient Persian Empire would do well to pick this book up. It is packed full of great information. More importantly, biblical or secular scholar to include historians will be left scratching their head as to the utter lack of the archaeological evidence for Ptolemy 205 year timeline of this period. After Xerxes (Darius the great's son) archeology evidence supporting Ptolemy canon falls off the map. His timeline for the reign of Persian kings is nothing more then complete guesswork as all the known evidence to include this book stands against it.

Here is some food for thought, I can say Ptolemy's canon is 82 years too long from Xerxes to Alexander the Great and the Archeological evidence as it stands would agree 100% with me. Let's hope Iran will unmuzzle their archeologist so this great work can continue.

Breakout your highlighter you will need it!!
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