Shadows in the Desert
Ancient Persia at War
By (author) Kaveh Farrokh
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Shadows in the Desert by Kaveh Farrokh
Book DescriptionThe empires of ancient Persia remain as mysterious today as they were to contemporary Western scholars. Although Alexander the Great's conquest of Persia is legendary, the military successes of the Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sassanian empires, along with their revolutionary military technology, tactics and culture have been almost forgotten in the sands of the East. In its day, Persia was a superpower to rival Greece and Rome, and conflict between them spanned over a millennium. Through these wars, and trade, these foes learnt from each other, not only adopting elements of military technology, but influences in the arts, architecture, religion, technology and learning. In this beautifully illustrated book, Dr Kaveh Farrokh narrates the history of Persia from before the first empires, through their wars with East and West to the fall of the Sassanians. He also delves into the forgotten cultural heritage of the Persians, spread across the world through war and conquest, which, even after the fall of the Sassanians, continued to impact upon the Western world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781846031083
(242mm x 190mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 4-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Kaveh Farrokh
Armies of Ancient Persia: the Sassanians, Hardback (July 2017)
First in-depth but accessible study in English devoted to Sassanian armies Covers organization, tactics, strategy, siegecraft, weapons and equipment Iranian emigre author draws on Persian sources and scholarship little known in the West, utilizing latest academic and archaeological research. First in a trilogy on ancient Persian armies.
Iran at War, Hardback (May 2011)
"Iran at War: From the Persian Dynasties to Revolution and Conflict with the West".
Shadows in the Desert, Paperback (March 2009)
Presents a comprehensive history of Persia's wars with East and West which spanned over a millennium, and offers an insight into the exchange of ideas and culture that occurred during these clashes between East and West, not only military technology, but influences in the arts, medicine, religion and science.
Sassanian Elite Cavalry AD 224-642, Paperback (July 2005)» View all books by Kaveh Farrokh
The Sassanians ruled the last great imperial Empire of Persia before the Arab conquests of the 7th century. Rome's only equal in the classical world, the Sassanian Empire had an enormous impact on the development of architecture, mythology, arts, music, military tactics and technology.
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Author Biography - Kaveh Farrokh
Dr Kaveh Farrokh has been researching the military history and technology of Persia for two decades. He obtained his PhD in 2001 from the University of British Columbia, where he specialized on the acquisition of Persian languages. He has given lectures and seminars in the University of British Columbia and has written articles for various journals. He is the author of Elite 110: Sassanian Elite Cavalry AD 224-642. He is currently acting as historical advisor on a film project titled Cyrus the Great, and will be appearing in a History Channel documentary on the Persian Empire in October 2006. The author lives in Vancouver, Canada.
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