A history of the Persian Empire and its rulers from c.620 to 424BC, based on a range of source material. Brosius ends this study with a general discussion of the organisation and administration of the Empire and its religious aspects. Also includes an index of people and gods, extensive notes on sources and lists of authors and texts, maps, family tree, calendrical and chronological information.
Studies in the Religion and Society of the Judaean Community at Elephantine
Author: Gard Granerød
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
What was Judaean religion in the Persian period like? Is it necessary to use the Bible to give an answer to the question? Among other things the study argues that • the religion practiced in the 5th c. BCE Elephantine community and which is reflected in the so-called Elephantine documents represent a well-attested manifestation of lived Persian period Yahwism, • as religio-historical sources, the Elephantine documents reveal more about the actual religious practice of the Elephantine Judaeans than what the highly edited and canonised texts of the Bible reveal about the religious practice of the contemporary Yahwistic coreligionists in Judah, and • the image of the Elephantine Judaism emerging from the Elephantine documents can revise the canonised image of Judaean religion in the Persian period (cf. A. Assmann). The Elephantine Yahwism should not be interpreted within a framework dependent upon theological, conceptual and spatial concepts alien to it, such as biblical ones. The study proposes an alternative framework by approaching the Elephantine documents on the basis of N. Smart’s multidimensional model of religion. Elephantine should not be exotified but brought to the very centre of any discussion of the history of Judaism.
This textbook is endorsed by OCR and supports the specification for GCSE Ancient History (first teaching September 2017). It covers the whole of Component 1, both the compulsory Period Study and the three optional Depth Studies: Period Study: The Persian Empire, 559–465 BC by James Renshaw Depth Study: From Tyranny to Democracy, 546–483 BC by Sam Baddeley Depth Study: Athens in the Age of Pericles, 462–429 BC by Paul Fowler and James Renshaw Depth Study: Alexander the Great, 356–323 BC by Lucy Nicholas Was propaganda Persia's greatest weapon? How did Athens create democracy? Does Pericles' Athens deserve to be remembered as civilised or barbaric? How did Alexander dominate the ancient world by the age of 32? This book raises these and other key questions. GCSE students and their teachers will explore key political and social developments of the Greek and Persian worlds through the eyes of ancient historians and archaeology. This book invites us to look at ancient societies in a new light and helps explain the development of the modern world. The ideal preparation for the final examinations, all content is presented by experts and experienced teachers in a clear and accessible narrative. Ancient literary and visual sources are described and analysed, with supporting images. Helpful student features include study questions, further reading, and boxes focusing in on key people, events and terms. Practice questions and exam guidance prepare students for assessment. A Companion Website is available at www.bloomsbury.com/anc-hist-gcse.
Maritime Transformation in Comparative Historical Perspective
Author: Andrew S. Erickson
Publisher: Naval Inst Press
China's turn toward the sea is evident in its stunning rise in global shipbuilding markets, its expanding merchant marine, its wide reach of offshore energy exploration, its growing fishing fleet, and its increasingly modern navy. This comprehensive assessment of China's potential as a genuine maritime power is both unbiased and apolitical. Unlike other works that view China in isolation, it places China in a larger world historical context. The authors, all authorities on their historical eras, examine cases of attempted maritime transformation through the ages, from the Persian Empire to the Soviet Union, and determine the reasons for success or failure.
Political and Cultural Interaction With(in) the Achaemenid Empire
Author: Christopher Tuplin
Publisher: Classical Pressof Wales
In this taster of the variety of subject matter within Achaemenid studies the broad theme of political and cultural interaction reflecting the empire's diversity and the nature of the sources for its history is illustrated in 14 chapters.
Introduction /Emma Bridges, Edith Hall, and P.J. Rhodes --The impact of the Persian wars on classical Greece /P.J. Rhodes --Xerxes' Homer /Johannes Haubold --The view from Eleusis : Demeter in the Persian Wars /Deborah Boedeker --Plato and the Persian wars /Christopher Rowe --The Persian wars in fourth-century oratory and historiography /John Marincola --Images of the Persian wars in Rome /Philip Hardie --De malignitate Plutarchi : Plutarch, Herodotus, and the Persian wars /Christopher Pelling --Aeschylus' Persians via the Ottoman empire to Saddam Hussein /Edith Hall --Operatic variations on an episode at the Hellespont /David Kimbell --'Shrines of the mighty' : rediscovering the battlefields of the Persian wars /Ian Macgregor Morris --From Marathon to Waterloo : Byron, battle monuments, and the Persian wars /Timothy Rood --Enacting history and patriotic myth : Aeschylus' Persians on the eve of the Greek War of Independence /Gonda Van Steen --The Persian wars as the 'origin' of historiography : ancient and modern orientalism in George Grote's History of Greece /Alexandra Lianeri --'People like us' in the face of history : Cormon's Les vainqueurs de Salamine /Clemence Schultze --Xerxes goes to Hollywood /D.S. Levene --The guts and the glory : Pressfield's Spartans at the Gates of fire /Emma Bridges..
An exciting series that provides students with direct access to the ancient world by offering new translations of extracts from its key texts. Herodotus, writing in the second half of the 5th century BC, is the first historian of western civilisation. His narrative tells of the expansion of the Persian Empire in the 6th and 5th centuries BC and the wars between Greece and Persia in 490 and 480 BC. Some of the most famous battles of history, Marathon, Thermopylae and Salamis, are dramatically described in his work. His purpose is to explain why the wars happened and his sophisticated and complex answer encompasses the relation of gods to men, the nature of different peoples and the character of individuals.
"This catalogue provides a unique insight into the wealth and splendour of Persian society - its magnificent palaces, exquisite craftsmanship and sophisticated administration. As the palace was central to imperial life, the objects illustrated are grouped in themes within a palatial context, the remains from the royal sites of Susa and Persepolis providing the major focus. Included are sections on gold jewellery, luxury tableware, religious and burial customs, and transport and commerce. Also discussed is the expansion of the Persian Empire, including the Graeco-Persian Wars, and the rediscovery of Ancient Persia."--BOOK JACKET.
An account of the 480 B.C. battle between the Persian forces of King Xerxes and the Spartans under King Leonidas links the battle's events and outcome to today's world, explaining how the invasion of Europe redefined international culture and class organization.