The Persians

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2006-05-01
  • Publisher: Routledge

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The Persiansprovides a comprehensive introduction for the student and general reader interested in the history of the three dynasties of Pre-Islamic Iran, the Achaemenids, the Arsacids (or Parthians), and the Sasanians, covering the period from c. 700 BC to c. AD 650. It conveys the history of the Persian empires as well as outlining the structures upon which these empires were built, the king and his court, the organization of the empire, religion and culture, and art and architecture. Frequent source citations enable the reader to gain direct access to the written material.

Table of Contents

The Achaemenids
Historical survey
The early Persian kings
The founder of the empire: Cyrus II
The Achaemenids: Darius I and his successors
King and court
Royal women
The king's men
Royal pursuits
Organisation and administration of the empire
The peoples of the empire
Administration of Persis
Royal Roads
The Army
The Achaemenids and the cult of Ahuramazda
The Jews in the Achaemenid empire
Funerary customs
Art and Architecture
Excursus I: The creation of `the other': The Persians and the Greek-Persian wars
The Parthians (Arsacids)
Preliminary remarks
Historical survey
The beginnings
Establishing and empire
Consolidation of power
Enmity with Rome
King and Court
Succession to the throne
Royal women
Royal cities
Organisation of the empire
Parthian society
The army
Economy and trade
Art and Architecture
Excursus II: The Parthians in the eyes of the Romans
The Sasanians
Historical survey
The beginnings
The reign of Shapur II and his successors
The height of empire: Khosrow I Anoshirwan
The last kings
King and court
Royal cities
Women at the Sasanian court
The Sasanian nobility
Organisation of empire
Economy and trade
The army
Art and Architecture
Royal monumental art
Religious architecture
Rock reliefs
Art of the Sasanian court
The Achaemenid dynasty
The Arsacid dynasty
The Sasanian dynasty
Selected Bibliography
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