History of the Persian Empire by A. T. Olmstead

History of the Persian Empire

byA. T. Olmstead

Paperback | February 15, 1959

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Out of a lifetime of study of the ancient Near East, Professor Olmstead has gathered previously unknown material into the story of the life, times, and thought of the Persians, told for the first time from the Persian rather than the traditional Greek point of view.

"The fullest and most reliable presentation of the history of the Persian Empire in existence."—M. Rostovtzeff

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Title:History of the Persian EmpireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:600 pages, 7.92 × 5.42 × 1.6 inPublished:February 15, 1959Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
I. Ancient History
II. Iranian Origins
III. Founder Cyrus
IV. Camp of the Persians
V. Life among the Subject Peoples
VI. Cambyses and the Conquest of Egypt
VII. Prophet Zoroaster
VIII. Usurper Darius
IX. A New Lawgiver
X. From India to Europe
XI. Problems of the Greek Frontier
XII. The Three Capitals: Ecbatana, Babylon, and Susa
XIII. Persepolis
XIV. A Royal Huckster
XV. Paths of the Gods
XVI. Xerxes as Crown Prince
XVII. The Great King and His Armies
XVIII. Failure in Europe
XIX. Delian League against Persia
XX. New Year's Day at Persepolis
XXI. Overtaxation and Its Results
XXII. Triumphs through Diplomacy
XXIII. Oriental Tales and Romances
XXIV. Science without Theology
XXXV. Divide and Conquer
XXVI. Decision for Sparta
XXVII. Dictator to Greece
XXVIII. The Last Egyptian Empire
XXIX. Brief Recovery
XXX. The Nile Regained
XXXI. Science True and False
XXXII. Religions Dying and Living
XXXIII. Fresh Breezes from the West
XXXIV. Philip and the Start of the Crusade
XXXV. Alexander, Heir to the Crusade
XXXVI. The Oriental God-King
XXXVII. Persepolis—The Crusade Ends
Topographical Index
Name Index
Subject Index

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At the foot of the Mount of Mercy in southeastern Persia, Darius the Great built his capital, Persepolis-symbol of Persian glory for two centuries. At its height the Achaemenid Empire, with its power centered in this city, reached from the Nile and Greece eastward to India. Dominating the major travel routes between East and West, it was the meeting ground of the great cultures of the ancient world.