Writing Ancient Persia (Classical Essays)

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This is a critique of this new Achaemenid historiography, concentrating on the difficulties of using Greek sources for the writing of Persian history. The history of Achaemenid Persia – the empire of Cyrus the Great, Darius and Xerxes – has largely been rewritten in the last thirty years by an international group of scholars. Inspired by new sources of information, and by a determination to see Persia in its own terms, historians have created a powerful new image of the Persian Empire: tightly organised and resilient, tolerant towards the religions and cultures of its subject peoples, and with kings and queens whose concerns were pragmatic rather than whimsically despotic.

It argues that excising Greek bias (if it is possible at all) should be seen to be a much more complex procedure. The book examines two themes in detail: the representation of the Kings and Queens (in Greek sources and in recent histories of Persia), and the accounts given of the Persian Wars and the conquests of Alexander. Persian evidence points to a significantly less rosy image of Persian imperialism. And past writers on Achaemenid Persia, far from rejecting it as the mirror image and enemy of the Greeks, frequently traced its influence on the classical Greco-Roman world, and identified strongly with Persia as a model.

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Thomas Harrison is Professor of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology, University of Liverpool.

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Harrison (ancient history and classical archeology, U. of Liverpool) examines how histories of the Achaemedid Persian empire have been, are being, and might be written. He is a historian of Greece not Persia, he explains, but most of the sources for the period are Greek, though he actually focuses here on the earlier part of the period, for which Persian sources are more plentiful and only Herodotus' provide a Greek perspective.

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Descrizione libro Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. New.. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.The history of the Achaemenid Persian empire has been largely rewritten in the last thirty years by an international group of scholars, inspired partly by new sources of information, but also by a concerted attempt to look at Ancient Persia in its own terms, rather than through the lens of neighbouring societies, and to excise the pejorative bias of the Greek sources. This essay is a critique of this new Achaemenid historiography, concentrating on the difficulties of using Greek sources for the writing of Persian history. It argues that the excising of Greek bias should be seen to be, if possible at all, a much more complex procedure. It then examines two themes in more detail: the representation of the Kings and Queens (in Greek sources and in recent histories of Persia), and the accounts given of the Persian Wars and the conquests of Alexander. It concludes with an analysis of past versions of Persian history, suggesting that there is a much greater degree of continuity between earlier accounts of Persia (often derided as narrowly Hellenocentric or orientalist) and those of the new Achaemenid historiography. Codice libro della libreria AAV9780715639177

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