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A concise history of the Achaemenid Empire, 550-330 BC

By: Waters, Matt (University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire)

0521253691 / 9780521253697
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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.


1QDAP Persian Empire, 3D BCE to c 500 CE, HBJF1 Middle Eastern history, HBLA Ancient history: to c 500 CE

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