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The Persians : Peoples of the Ancient World - Maria Brosius

The Persians

Peoples of the Ancient World

Paperback

Published: 21st March 2006
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The only book of its kind to cover both the Achaemenid period and the thousand years following Alexander's conquest, The Persians explores the period from the seventh century BC, to the seventh century AD, and presents a comprehensive introduction to ancient Persia.


Incorporating recent research, and translated sources from a wide range of corpus material, Maria Brosius explores the history of Persia, and brings a new understanding of Persian society and culture and the structures on which these empires were built: the king and his court; religion and culture; art and architecture.


From the lands of Egypt to the Indus River, from the Russian Steppes to the Indian Ocean, Brosius has provided an up-to-date account of the three empires of pre-Islamic Iran, and discussing key topics such as women, religion and art and architecture, she presents a clear survey of the history of these empires.


Providing additional reading references along with frequent source citations, students of ancient Persia will find this an invaluable addition to their course studies.

'the work is an excellent introduction to these three ancient civilisations which combines a depth of research, and a wide focus with a lively literary style, which makes it an easy and highly enjoyable read... this work is an excellent introduction to the Achaemenid, Parthian and Sasanian civilisations, and takes a refreshing, non-western based, approach to ancient history.' - Gareth C. Sampson, BMCR

The Achaemenids
Historical survey
The early Persian kings
The founder of the empire: Cyrus II
The Achaemenids: Darius I and his successors
King and court
Royal women
The king's men
Royal pursuits
Organisation and administration of the empire
The peoples of the empire
Administration of Persis
Royal Roads
The Army
Religion
The Achaemenids and the cult of Ahuramazda
The Jews in the Achaemenid empire
Funerary customs
Art and Architecture
Excursus I: The creation of `the other': The Persians and the Greek-Persian wars
The Parthians (Arsacids)
Preliminary remarks
Historical survey
Introduction
The beginnings
Establishing and empire
Consolidation of power
Enmity with Rome
King and Court
Succession to the throne
Royal women
Royal cities
Organisation of the empire
Parthian society
Administration
The army
Economy and trade
Religion
Art and Architecture
Excursus II: The Parthians in the eyes of the Romans
The Sasanians
Historical survey
The beginnings
The reign of Shapur II and his successors
The height of empire: Khosrow I Anoshirwan
The last kings
King and court
Royal cities
Women at the Sasanian court
The Sasanian nobility
Organisation of empire
Economy and trade
The army
Religion
Christianity
Manichaeism
Mazdakism
Art and Architecture
Royal monumental art
Religious architecture
Rock reliefs
Art of the Sasanian court
Appendices
The Achaemenid dynasty
The Arsacid dynasty
The Sasanian dynasty
Selected Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780415320900
ISBN-10: 0415320909
Series: Peoples of the Ancient World
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 21st March 2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.17
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1