February 21, 2017

Ancient Persia: A Concise History of the Achaemenid Empire, by Matt Waters

By Matt Waters

The Achaemenid Persian Empire, at its maximum territorial quantity lower than Darius I (r. 522-486 BCE), held sway over territory stretching from the Indus River Valley to southeastern Europe and from the western Himalayas to northeast Africa. during this booklet, Matt Waters offers a close historic evaluation of the Achaemenid interval whereas contemplating the manifold interpretive difficulties historians face in developing and figuring out its background. This publication deals a Persian viewpoint even if hoping on Greek textual assets and archaeological proof. Waters situates the tale of the Achaemenid Persians within the context in their predecessors within the mid-first millennium BCE and during their successors after the Macedonian conquest, developing a compelling narrative of ways the empire retained its energy for greater than 2 hundred years (c. 550-330 BCE) and left a major imprint on heart japanese in addition to Greek and eu historical past.

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