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"The book deserves to continue to serve scholars and students for many years. A strength is the emphasis it gives to evaluating sources, and its balanced approach to them all..." -John Boardman, (University of Oxford) Ancient West & East 'This book presents a historical discussion of Persia from a Near Eastern perspective. A comprehensive social, political and cultural history of ancient Persia, providing new material for specialists while being fully accessible and appealing to anyone interested in the ancient world.' -- Fred Rhodes, The Middle East "Required Reading for a look at the nature of the Persian Empire as seen by the Persians." -The Guardian


Of all the great civilizations of the ancient world, that of Persia is one of the most remarkable but least understood. This is a study of the country's origins and why it collapsed so dramatically with the Arab invasions of the seventh century. Josef Wiesehofer, provides a comprehensive survey of the Persian Empire under the Achaeminids, the Parthians and the Sassanians. By focusing on the primary Persian sources - written, archaeological and numismatic evidence from Persia - he avoids the traditional Western approach which has tended to rely so heavily on inaccurate, and sometimes prejudiced, Greek and Roman sources.

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HASH(0x977b5318) von 5 Sternen Much Overrated 14. August 2004
Von Diotima - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
This is not a history of Ancient Persia but rather a set of essays on just a few topics: "The Testimonies" (i.e. the historical sources); "The King and his Subjects"; and "Everyday Life".

Basically, apart from the Behistun relief (text available at avesta.org & Wikipedia) and the Persepolis Texts (R. T. Hallock, Chicago 1969), nearly all the sources are Greek or Latin upon which the author relies despite the contrary assertion given by the publisher on the flyleaf. It's not the ancient Greek and Roman writers that the author attempts to discredit but rather the modern writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Better to read "The Persian Empire" by J. M. Cook or "A Political History of the Achaemenid Empire" by Muhammad A. Dandamaev.
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HASH(0x977b5720) von 5 Sternen History of ancient Persia - A companion book to a college or university course 9. September 2006
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"Ancient Persia" is a didactic account of military and political history of ancient Persia from the Achaemenid period up to the Sassanid defeat by the Califfs. The intention of the Author is to approach this often ignored period of ancient history through new or not well known documents, since a great defect of early Persian historiography depends on the almost exclusive use of Greek and Roman documents that depict Achaemenids, Partians and Sassanids as "barbarians" (not the Selgiuchids which were practily Greek!). Unfortunately most of the documents we have on this period are actually Greek or Roman, while the scanty remaining material is archeological. So despite the intentions, this book does not add much to what already found in literature and this is a pity since the Author comes from the best archeological study group on ancient Persia that started with Carsten Niebuhr, passing through Erns Herzfeld to the present days.

History books for lay-persons require a distinctive narrative capacity. The reader often has a birdview culture of the topic but lacks precise references and approaches the text with curiosity and great expectations. Unfortunately, Wiesehofer's "Ancient Persia" is not an engrossing read eventhough it is not difficult or excessively scholastic. The Authors nominates Herodotus, Xenophon, Themistocles, Strabo, Ammiano Marcellinus and others but never explains either who they are or in what period and why they wrote. To fully appreciate the book, the reader must have these references clear and already know at least this part of the story.

The various chapters are a little sketchy and as noted by another reviewer read like essays. This makes me think that maybe they started out as lessons for students or transcriptions of debated issues in an history class.

What makes history live are episodes and anedocts and these are completely lacking in the book, so even if at the end we get a good historical perspective of the topic, little remains in the long run if not reinforced by more information.

However, this is a good reference book to have in case of an introduction to the topic because it does carry a great deal of information. The maps are explicative and the genealogies useful. The bibliography is ample.
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HASH(0x97e3f750) von 5 Sternen A successful attempt at giving Ancient Persia its own voice 22. Mai 2011
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Let me start off, for anyone interested purely in Political history and a narrative of history of Ancient Iran, this is not the book your looking for.

What the book does is Give Ancient Iran(Persia) a voice through native sources as much as possible.
It utilizes a method to describe Ancient Iran's administrative, cultural, social and religious history.
Josef Weisenhofer first narrates and then comments on Primary sources, in chapters called Testimonies.
In testimonies, he gives more weight to sources closer to the Administration and everyday society.

He has done a Terrific job, It's a must for enthusiasts and students of Ancient Persia or Iran and world history in general.
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HASH(0x977b5900) von 5 Sternen Good book 11. März 2014
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If you like to read about Persian history, this is a good book to read. I have a couple other books about Persia & this fits right in with them. It's a good historical read.
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HASH(0x977b5c54) von 5 Sternen Five Stars 25. Februar 2015
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Good paperback book
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