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Ancient Persia : A Concise History of the Achaemenid Empire, 550-330 BCE, Hardback Book

Ancient Persia : A Concise History of the Achaemenid Empire, 550-330 BCE Hardback


The Achaemenid Persian Empire, at its greatest territorial extent under 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.

In this book, Matt Waters gives a detailed historical overview of the Achaemenid period while considering the manifold interpretive problems historians face in constructing and understanding its history.

This book offers a Persian perspective even when relying on Greek textual sources and archaeological evidence.

Waters situates the story of the Achaemenid Persians in the context of their predecessors in the mid-first millennium BCE and through their successors after the Macedonian conquest, constructing a compelling narrative of how the empire retained its vitality for more than two hundred years (c.550-330 BCE) and left a massive imprint on Middle Eastern as well as Greek and European history.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 274 pages, 6 Maps; 25 Halftones, unspecified; 6 Line drawings, unspecified
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Middle Eastern history
  • ISBN: 9781107009608



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