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Athens and Persia in the Fifth Century BC : A Study in Cultural Receptivity - Margaret C. Miller

Athens and Persia in the Fifth Century BC

A Study in Cultural Receptivity

Paperback Published: 22nd December 2004
ISBN: 9780521607582
Number Of Pages: 412

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It is a commonplace of modern scholarship that the Athenians hated and despised the Persians, but the claims of contempt are disproved by the evidence of archaeology, epigraphy, iconography and literature, all of which reveal some facet of Athenian receptivity to Achaemenid Persian culture. The Athenian response was as richly complex as the spheres of interaction: both private and public, elite and sub-elite. It appears in pot shapes, clothing, luxurious display and monumental architecture. This innovative study, the first comprehensive collection of evidence pertaining to the relations between Athens and Persia in the fifth century BC, aims to make this evidence better known and in so doing to argue that the social culture of classical Athens was not the monolithic construct it might appear.

"All who read this thought-provoking book will find their understanding of fifth-century Athens greatly enriched, and come to realise that her extraordinary achievements are predicated on intimate contact with the Persian empire." Ame lie Kuhrt, Phoenix

Introduction
Preface
Maps
Spheres of Contact
Relations between Athenians and Persians to the late fifth century: an overview
Infusion and diffusion of alien goods: spoils of the Persian wars
Cultural exchange through trade
Zones of contact between Greeks and the Western Empire
Diplomatic exchange: visions of splendour
Perserie
Persian gold and Attic clay
Incorporation of foreign items of dress
Metamorphosis of a luxury culture
The Odeion of Perikles and imperial expression
Perserie: Athenian receptivity to Achaemenid culture
Figures
Glossary
Bibliography
List of figures
Index
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ISBN: 9780521607582
ISBN-10: 0521607582
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 22nd December 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 18.6  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.73