Birth of the Persian Empire
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Birth of the Persian Empire by Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis
Book DescriptionOf the great ancient civilizations, that of Persia is the least known and the most enigmatic. This book explores the formation of the first Persian Empire under the Achaemenid Persians. It brings together a multi-disciplinary view of ancient Iran in the first millennium BC and concentrates on the art, archaeology, history and religion of a geographical area far beyond the present borders of modern Iran in the period beginning just before the formation of the Persian empire in the middle of the 6th century up to its collapse following conquest by Alexander the Great in the late 4th century BC. Eminent scholars here give a critical approach to some of the traditional interpretations and discuss topics which help the reader towards a better understanding of the formation of the Persian empire. This is the first volume in the "Idea of Iran" series which will be a four-volume collection encompassing the history of that country.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845110628
(234mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 9-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis
Rise of Islam, Hardback (January 2009)
Addresses the impact made by Islam during and after the Arab conquest of Iran in the middle of the seventh century. Discussing a variety of subjects which covers the spectrum of life in early Islamic Iran, this title offers one of the most ambitious perspectives on Persian religion, society and culture.
Sasanian Era, Hardback (January 2008)» View all books by Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis
Engaging with the major aspects of Sasanian culture, this work addresses subjects including: early Sasanian art and iconography; early Sasanian coinage; religion and identity in the Sasanian empire; later Sasanian orality and literacy; and state and society in late antique Iran.
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Author Biography - Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis
Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis is Curator of Ancient Iranian Coins at the British Museum, Secretary of the British Institute of Persian Studies and Joint Editor of the journal IRAN. She is currently working on a joint project with the National Museum of Iran to catalogue the Sasanian coins in Tehran. Her previous publications include 'The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Persia' (I.B. Tauris). Sarah Stewart is Deputy Director of the London Middle East Institute at SOAS and teaches Zoroastrianism in the Department of Religions at SOAS. Her current research is on the oral history of Zoroastrians in Iran.
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