Ancient Persia in Western History : Hellenism and the Representation of the Achaemenid Empire Hardback
by Sasan Samei
Part of the International Library of Iranian Studies series
Ancient Persia in Western History is a measured rejoinder to the dominant narrative that considers the Graeco-Persian Wars to be merely the first round of an oft-repeated battle between the despotic 'East' and the broadly enlightened 'West'.
Sasan Samiei analyses the historiography which has skewed our understanding of this crucial era - contrasting the work of Edward Gibbon and Goethe, which venerated Classicism and Hellenistic history, with later writers such as John Linton Myres.
Finally, Samiei explores the cross-cultural encounters which constituted the Achaemenid period itself, and repositions it as essential to the history of Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 320 pages, 8 bw integrated, 2 maps
- Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
- Publication Date: 30/07/2014
- Category: Middle Eastern history
- ISBN: 9781780764801