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In the direction of the tip of the 5th century BC Ctesias of Cnidus wrote his 23 ebook historical past of Persia. Ctesias is a striking determine: he lived and labored within the Persian courtroom and, as a physician, tended to the world’s strongest kings and queens. His place gave him certain perception into the workings of Persian court docket lifestyles and entry to the gossip and scandal surrounding Persian background and courtroom politics, previous and current. His background of Persia was once accomplished at a time whilst the Greeks have been interested by Persia and turns out greatly to cater to modern curiosity in Persian wealth and opulence, strong Persian ladies, the establishment of the harem, kings and queens, eunuchs and mystery plots. provided the following in English translation for the 1st time with commentaries, Ctesias deals a desirable perception into Persia within the 5th century BC.

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Henry as Ctésias, la Perse, L’Inde, les sommaires de Photius. The work gained little academic kudos and became defunct after Jacoby’s publication in 1958. For a careful critique of Henry, see Lenfant 2004, CXCVII–CC. For her critical but exacting study of Jacoby, CC–CCII. 45 For a discussion of König, see Lenfant 2004, CCIII–CCVI. 46 In Jacoby the disputed fragments are listed as FGrHist 90 F1–5, F66, and are included in Lenfant’s publication as F11D*, F1pE*, F6b*, F8c*, F8d*. 47 For a critique of Lenfant’s system of classification see Romm 2006.

E. v. Ktesias col. 2059–2071. 52 Lenfant 2007a, 204. 22 INTRODUCTION Jacoby’s unforgiving criticism of Ctesias was reiterated in later scholarship, especially that of the latter decades of the twentieth century. A. R. Burn judged Ctesias to be reckless with the truth and ‘concerned only to make an impression’,53 while N. G. L. 54 In 1973 Robert Drews’ important study The Greek Accounts of Eastern History reactivated a vigorous anti-Ctesian movement, which has influenced scholarship to the present day.

Ktesias col. 2059–2071. 52 Lenfant 2007a, 204. 22 INTRODUCTION Jacoby’s unforgiving criticism of Ctesias was reiterated in later scholarship, especially that of the latter decades of the twentieth century. A. R. Burn judged Ctesias to be reckless with the truth and ‘concerned only to make an impression’,53 while N. G. L. 54 In 1973 Robert Drews’ important study The Greek Accounts of Eastern History reactivated a vigorous anti-Ctesian movement, which has influenced scholarship to the present day.

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