Trouble in the West: Egypt and the Persian Empire, 525-332 BC by Stephen RuzickaTrouble in the West: Egypt and the Persian Empire, 525-332 BC by Stephen Ruzicka

Trouble in the West: Egypt and the Persian Empire, 525-332 BC

byStephen Ruzicka

Hardcover | May 15, 2012

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Trouble in the West provides the first full and continuous account of the Persian-Egyptian War, a conflict that continued for nearly the two-hundred-year duration of the Persian Empire. Despite its status as the largest of all ancient Persian military enterprises - including any aimed atGreece - this conflict has never been reconstructed in any detailed and comprehensive way. Thus, Trouble in the West adds tremendously to our understanding of Persian imperial affairs. At the same time, it dramatically revises our understanding of eastern Mediterranean and Aegean affairs by linkingPersian dealings with Greeks and other peoples in the west to Persia's fundamental, ongoing Egyptian concerns. In this study, Stephen Ruzicka argues that Persia's Egyptian problem and, conversely, Egypt's Persian problem, were much more important in the eastern Mediterranean and Aegean worlds than our conventional Greek-centered perspective and sources have allowed us to see. In looking at this conflict asone stage in an enduring east-west conflict between successive Near Eastern imperial powers and Egypt - one which stretched across nearly the whole of ancient history - it represents an important turning point: by pulling in remote western states and peoples, who subsequently became masters ofEgypt, western opposition to Near Eastern power was sustained right up to the 7th century Arab conquests. For classicists and historians of the ancient Near East, Trouble in the West will serve as a valuable, and long-overdue, resource.
Stephen Ruzicka is Associate Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and author of Politics of a Persian Dynasty.
Title:Trouble in the West: Egypt and the Persian Empire, 525-332 BCFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:May 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199766622

ISBN - 13:9780199766628


Table of Contents

PrefaceAuthor's NoteMapsIntroduction: Stories and Sources1. Persia and Egypt: The Historical Perspective2. Persian Success: Conquest and Kingship, 525-5183. Managing Egypt, 518-4154. Losing Egypt, 415-4005. Securing the Eastern Mediterranean, 399-3956. Into the Aegean, 394-3927. To Egypt: Preparations and Campaign, 392-3878. The Egyptian War and the King's Peace, 387-3869. Egypt Strikes Back: The Cypriot War and the Struggle for the Eastern Mediterranean, 386-37910. Iphicrates Takes Over, ca. 378-37311. Pharnabazus and Iphicrates' Egyptian Campaign12. Court Politics and the Collapse of the Third Campaign, 372-36513. Egyptian Strategy Shifts: The Genesis of Tachos' Great Offensive, 364-36114. Tachos: Campaign and Collapse, 360-35915. Persian Counterattack?16. Artaxerxes III: King and Commander, 358-35017. Loss and Recovery of the Middle Territory, 350-34518. Persian Success, 344-34319. From Artaxerxes III to Alexander III20. East, West, and Far West after the Persians: The Long ViewAppendix A. King Lists, Egypt and PersiaAppendix B. Timeline, 525 - 332 B.C.AbbreviationsEndnotesBibliographyIndex