Of all the great civilizations of the ancient world, that of Persia is one of the least understood. Josef Wiesehöfer's comprehensive survey of the Persian Empire under the Achaeminids, the Parthians, and the Sasanians focuses on the primary Persian sources--written, archaeological, and numismatic. He avoids the traditional Western approach which has tended to rely heavily on inaccurate Greek and Roman accounts. Part of the freshness of this book comes from its Near Eastern perspective.
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Achaemenid empire Achaemenid period AchHist administrative Ahura Mazda Alexander already ancient Iran Arabic Aramaic archaeological Ardashir aristocracy Armenia army Arsaces Arsacid Artabanus Artaxerxes Asia Avesta Babylon Babylonian Bahram Berlin Bisutun Briant centre century BC Christians coins court culture cuneiform script Cyrus Cyrus's Darius Darius's described divine dynasty east eastern Elam Elamite Enclr Farnaka Geschichte Gignoux gods Greek Grotefend Herodotus Hormizd inscriptions Iranian Khosrow king of kings king's kingship Kirdir language later Leiden literature Manichaean marriage Mazdakites mentioned Mesene Mesopotamia Middle Persian mobad Naqsh-i Rustam Narseh Nisa officials Old Persian Pabag palace Paris Parthian period Pasargadae persecutions Persepolis Persian empire Persis Plate political quotation regions reign religion religious reports res gestae rock relief Roman Rome royal ruler Sasanian Sasanian empire satrap Seleucid Shapur sources subjects successors Sundermann Susa Tabari tablets temple territories testimonies texts throne tradition transl tribute Wiesbaden Wiesehofer Xerxes Zoroastrian