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By Matt Waters

The Achaemenid Persian Empire, at its maximum territorial volume below Darius I (r. 522-486 BCE), held sway over territory stretching from the Indus River Valley to southeastern Europe and from the western Himalayas to northeast Africa. during this ebook, Matt Waters supplies a close old evaluation of the Achaemenid interval whereas contemplating the manifold interpretive difficulties historians face in developing and figuring out its background. This e-book deals a Persian standpoint even if counting on Greek textual assets and archaeological facts. Waters situates the tale of the Achaemenid Persians within the context in their predecessors within the mid-first millennium BCE and during their successors after the Macedonian conquest, developing a compelling narrative of the way the empire retained its power for greater than 2 hundred years (c. 550-330 BCE) and left an important imprint on heart jap in addition to Greek and eu historical past.

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86-87). ii. 3); inevitable, because of their remarkable antitheses between land and sea, autocracy and liberality, narrow Dorian gentry and broader Ionian commerce; terrible, because there existed between the two powers neither an adherence to the past restrictions on Greek warmaking nor sufficient common political ground to negotiate a lasting peace. The battlefield once and for all might arbitrate their contrasting views of human and divine justice. 3-8). 1). 1-5). 3). But for what purpose? 11-13).

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