From Cyrus to Alexander : A History of the Persian Empire / Pierre Briant.

  • Briant, Pierre [author] [aut]
  • De Gruyter Penn State University Press Complete eBook-Package Pre-2014 ; ISBN: 9783110745269.
  • University Park, PA : Penn State University Press [2021]
Physical description
1 online resource (1216 p.) : 65 illustrations.
  • 9781575065748
Local notes
  • Access for current City students and staff only.
  • Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
  • In English.
  • Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 29. Jul 2021)
  • specialized
  • Frontmatter -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Preface to the English Translation -- Translator's Preface -- Introduction: On the Trail of an Empire -- Prologue: The Persians before the Empire -- Part 1. The Empire-Builders: From Cyrus to Darius -- Chapter 1. The Land-Collectors: Cyrus the Great and Cambyses (559-522) -- Chapter 2. The Conquest and After: An Interim Summary -- Chapter 3. Trouble, Secession, and Rebuilding (522-518) -- Chapter 4. Darius the Conqueror (520-486) -- Part 2. The Great King -- Chapter 5. Images of the World -- Chapter 6. Representations of Royalty and Monarchic Ideology -- Chapter 7. People and Life at Court -- Chapter 8. The King's Men -- Part 3. Territories, Populations, and the Dependent Economy -- Chapter 9. Territories, Communication, and Trade -- Chapter 10. Royal Assessments and Tribute -- Chapter 11. Persia: Empire and Tribute Economy -- Chapter 12. The King of the Lands -- Part 4. From Xerxes to Darius III: An Empire in Turmoil -- Chapter 13. Xerxes the Great King (486-465) -- Chapter 14. From the Accession of Artaxerxes I to the Death of Darius II (465-405/404) -- Chapter 15. Artaxerxes II (405/404-359/358) and Artaxerxes III (359/358-338) -- Part 5. The Fourth Century and the Empire of Darius III in the Achaemenid longue durée: A Prospective Assessment -- Chapter 16. Lands, Peoples, and Satrapies: Taking Stock of the Achaemenid World -- Chapter 17. The Great King, His Armies, and His Treasures -- Part 6. The Fall of an Empire (336-330) -- Chapter 18. Darius and the Empire Confront Macedonian Aggression -- Conclusion: From Nabonidus to Seleucus -- Research Notes -- List of Abbreviations -- Bibliography -- Indexes.
  • text
  • English
  • Around 550 B.C.E. the Persian people-who were previously practically unknown in the annals of history-emerged from their base in southern Iran (Fars) and engaged in a monumental adventure that, under the leadership of Cyrus the Great and his successors, culminated in the creation of an immense Empire that stretched from central Asia to Upper Egypt, from the Indus to the Danube. The Persian (or Achaemenid, named for its reigning dynasty) Empire assimilated an astonishing diversity of lands, peoples, languages, and cultures. This conquest of Near Eastern lands completely altered the history of the world: for the first time, a monolithic State as vast as the future Roman Empire arose, expanded, and matured in the course of more than two centuries (530-330) and endured until the death of Alexander the Great (323), who from a geopolitical perspective was "the last of the Achaemenids." Even today, the remains of the Empire-the terraces, palaces, reliefs, paintings, and enameled bricks of Pasargadae, Persepolis, and Susa; the impressive royal tombs of Naqsh-i Rustam; the monumental statue of Darius the Great-serve to remind visitors of the power and unprecedented luxury of the Great Kings and their loyal courtiers (the "Faithful Ones").Though long eclipsed and overshadowed by the towering prestige of the "ancient Orient" and "eternal Greece," Achaemenid history has emerged into fresh light during the last two decades. Freed from the tattered rags of "Oriental decadence" and "Asiatic stagnation," research has also benefited from a continually growing number of discoveries that have provided important new evidence-including texts, as well as archaeological, numismatic, and iconographic artifacts.The evidence that this book assembles is voluminous and diverse: the citations of ancient documents and of the archaeological evidence permit the reader to follow the author in his role as a historian who, across space and time, attempts to understand how such an Empire emerged, developed, and faded. Though firmly grounded in the evidence, the author's discussions do not avoid persistent questions and regularly engages divergent interpretations and alternative hypotheses. This book is without precedent or equivalent, and also offers an exhaustive bibliography and thorough indexes.The French publication of this magisterial work in 1996 was acclaimed in newspapers and literary journals. Now Histoire de l'Empire Perse: De Cyrus a Alexandre is translated in its entirety in a revised edition, with the author himself reviewing the translation, correcting the original edition, and adding new documentation.Pierre Briant, Chaire Histoire et civilisation du monde achémenide et de l'empire d'Alexandre, Collège de France, is a specialist in the history of the Near East during the era of the Persian Empire and the conquests of Alexander. He is the author of numerous books.Peter T. Daniels, the translator, is an independent scholar, editor, and translator who studied at Cornell University and the University of Chicago. He lives and works in New York City.

Holdings information at City, University of London

Requesting live circulation data...

More details about: City, University of London

Cover image
Printed resource
Holding libraries