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By Sasan Samiei

The Achaemenid Empire, based by way of Cyrus the nice within the sixth century, used to be at its peak the most important empire the area had but obvious, stretching throughout Asia, the center East and North Africa. simply because this primary Persian Empire fought a sequence of wars opposed to the traditional Greek city-states, it has usually been solid towards the Hellenistic cultures of the interval. old Persia in Western historical past is a measured rejoinder to the dominant narrative that considers the Graeco-Persian Wars to be only the 1st around of an oft-repeated conflict among the despotic ‘East’ and the widely enlightened ‘West’. Sasan Samiei analyses the historiography which has skewed our realizing of this important period - contrasting the paintings of Edward Gibbon and Goethe, which honored Classicism and Hellenistic background, with later writers reminiscent of John Linton Myres. ultimately, Samiei explores the cross-cultural encounters which constituted the Achaemenid interval itself, and repositions it as necessary to the background of Europe, Asia and the center East.

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