The only book of its kind to cover both the Achaemenid period and the thousand years following Alexander's conquest, The Persians explores the period from the seventh century BC, to the seventh century AD, and presents a comprehensive introduction to ancient Persia.
Incorporating recent research, and translated sources from a wide range of corpus material, Maria Brosius explores the history of Persia, and brings a new understanding of Persian society and culture and the structures on which these empires were built: the king and his court; religion and culture; art and architecture.
From the lands of Egypt to the Indus River, from the Russian Steppes to the Indian Ocean, Brosius has provided an up-to-date account of the three empires of pre-Islamic Iran, and discussing key topics such as women, religion and art and architecture, she presents a clear survey of the history of these empires.
Providing additional reading references along with frequent source citations, students of ancient Persia will find this an invaluable addition to their course studies.
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Review: The Persians: An Introduction (Peoples of the Ancient World)User Review - Darrell Drake - Goodreads
Remarkable source of information. Wish it were longer. I'll be looking into finding some of Brosius's other (more in-depth) works. Read full review
Review: The Persians: An Introduction (Peoples of the Ancient World)User Review - Sassan - Goodreads
The best work on Persian history that I have read! This book covers the ancient dynasties of the Persians (Achaemenids, Parthians, Sassanids) and helps the reader elegantly and extensively understand ... Read full review