The Persian Empire
Beginning in the sixth century BCE, Persian kings ruled a vast, culturally diverse empire that stretched from northern Libya to central Asia. The regime and its rich multicultural traditions prospered for 250 years until its invasion, and eventual defeat, by Alexander the Great's army in 331 BCE. Yet until the British Museum's exhibition in the summer of 2005, the Persian...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 20th 2005 by University of Chicago Press
(first published November 21st 2004)
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Lavishly illustrated, this new synthesis of history, archeology, art history, theology and economics attempts to untangle the Persian Empire from its own puffery and the views of its enemies to sort out how it actually functioned--ruling a vast and diverse sweep of peoples and land. A favorite of mine are the synthetic art works (Persian Emperors in Egyptian cartouches, Mongolian saddle blankets, Mughal manuscripts), more work on Alexander's assumption of power in Babylon and the desperate summo...more