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The First Persian Empire or the Achaemenid Empire was an empire based in Western Asia, founded by Cyrus the Great. It was notable for including various civilizations and becoming the largest empire of ancient history, spanning at Balkans Peninsula in the west to Indus valley in the East.
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The Persians: Engineering an Empire
This program is a chronicle of the Persian Empire, a major force that heavily influenced competing cultures and achieved scholastic and engineering breakthroughs that were the envy of the ancient world. Distributed by A&E Television Networks. A part of the series Engineering an Empire. (45 minutes) Distributed by A&E Television Networks.
Art of Persia: Series 1, Episode 1
Samira Ahmed gains unprecedented access to Iran to reveal how the Persian Em
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The Encyclopædia Iranica is a comprehensive research tool dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent.
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Greece, Macedon and Persia by
This book contains a collection of papers related to the history and historiography of Warfare, Politics and Power in the Ancient Mediterranean world. The contributions, written by 19 recognized experts from a variety of methodological and evidentiary perspectives, show how ancient peoples considered war and conflict at the heart of social, political and economic activity. Though focusing on a single theme - war - the papers are firmly based in the context of the wider social and literary issues of Ancient Mediterranean scholarship and as such, consider war and conflict as part of a complex matrix of culture in which historical actors articulate their relationships with society and historical authors articulate their relationships with history. The result is a rich understanding of Ancient World history and history-writing. The volume is presented in honour of Waldemar Heckel, a foremost scholar of Alexander the Great and Ancient Warfare.
Publication Date: 2015-04-30