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Ancient Persia

by Josef Wiesehofer

Ancient Persia Synopsis

Of all the great civilizations of the ancient world, that of Persia is one of the most remarkable but least understood. This is a study of the country's origins and why it collapsed so dramatically with the Arab invasions of the seventh century. Josef Wiesehofer, provides a comprehensive survey of the Persian Empire under the Achaeminids, the Parthians and the Sassanians. By focusing on the primary Persian sources - written, archaeological and numismatic evidence from Persia - he avoids the traditional Western approach which has tended to rely so heavily on inaccurate, and sometimes prejudiced, Greek and Roman sources.

Ancient Persia Press Reviews

The book deserves to continue to serve scholars and students for many years. A strength is the emphasis it gives to evaluating sources, and its balanced approach to them all... -John Boardman, (University of Oxford) Ancient West & East 'This book presents a historical discussion of Persia from a Near Eastern perspective. A comprehensive social, political and cultural history of ancient Persia, providing new material for specialists while being fully accessible and appealing to anyone interested in the ancient world.' -- Fred Rhodes, The Middle East Required Reading for a look at the nature of the Persian Empire as seen by the Persians. -The Guardian

Book Information

ISBN: 9781860646751
Publication date: 25th May 2001
Author: Josef Wiesehofer
Publisher: I.B. Tauris an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 344 pages
Categories: Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500, Ancient history: to c 500 CE,

About Josef Wiesehofer

Josef Wiesehofer is Professor of Ancient History at the Institut fur Klassische Altertumskunde at the University of Kiel, Germany, and is the author of numerous books.

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