The Cambridge History of Iran, Volume 2

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I. Gershevitch, William Bayne Fisher, Peter Avery, John Andrew Boyle, Richard Nelson Frye, Ehsan Yarshater, Peter Jackson, Charles Peter Melville, Laurence Lockhart, Gavin Hambly
Cambridge University Press, Jun 6, 1985 - History - 964 pages
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The second volume describes the formation, in the sixth century BC, of the earliest multi-national empire, its administration, its confrontation with Greece, and its eventual dissolution under the impact of Alexander's conquest of Iran in 331 BC. This was a time of great importance in the history of the entire Middle East, and embraced figures of the stature of Cyrus, Darius and Xerxes. The sources for this period are more diverse than for any other in Iran's history, the bulk of the evidence being preserved in Babylonian, Elamite, Egyptian and Greek. The involvement in this volume of specialists in each of these fields has ensured that the results of the intensive research of recent years are incorporated in this synthesis. In addition to the strictly historical accounts there are chapters on art and architecture, metalwork and glyptic, calendar systems, weights and measures, religion, and the eastern Iranian world as reflected in the Avesta.
 

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Contents

MEDIA
36
THE SCYTHS
149
THE RISE OF THE ACHAEMENIDS
200
PERSIA AND THE GREEKS
292
CYRUS THE GREAT 558529 B C
392
ALEXANDER IN IRAN
420
THE PERSIAN OCCUPATION OF EGYPT
502
THE BABYLONIAN EVIDENCE OF ACHAEMENIAN
529
THE RELIGION OF ACHAEMENIAN IRAN
664
ARAMAIC IN THE ACHAEMENIAN EMPIRE
698
OLD IRANIAN CALENDARS
714
CLASSIC ACHAEMENIAN ARCHITECTURE
793
THE BEHISTUN RELIEF
828
PASARGADAE
838
METALWORK AND GLYPTIC
856
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862

THE EVIDENCE OF THE PERSEPOLIS TABLETS
588
ACHAEMENID COINS WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
610
THE OLD EASTERN IRANIAN WORLD VIEW
640
plant names
870
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