Soon in paperback edition: “Birth of the Persian Empire” by Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis and Sarah Stewart (editors)

Good day everyone, thanks to be here on Alessandro III di Macedonia! I’ve a new paperback publication that will be out soon:

Birth of the Persian Empire

by editors: Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis, Sarah Stewart

publication on: 20-05-2021

Bloomsbury Academic

Of the great ancient civilizations, that of Persia is the least known and the most enigmatic. This book explores the formation of the first Persian Empire under the Achaemenid Persians. It brings together a multi-disciplinary view of ancient Iran in the first millennium BC and concentrates on the art, archaeology, history and religion of a geographical area far beyond the present borders of modern Iran in the period beginning just before the formation of the Persian empire in the middle of the 6th century up to its collapse following conquest by Alexander the Great in the late 4th century BC. Eminent scholars here give a critical approach to some of the traditional interpretations and discuss topics which help the reader towards a better understanding of the formation of the Persian empire. This is the first volume in the “Idea of Iran” series which will be a four-volume collection encompassing the history of that country.

Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis is Curator of Middle Eastern Coins at the British Museum, UK, as well as Honorary Director of the British Institute of Persian Studies. Her other publications include The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Persia (I.B. Tauris).
Sarah Stewart is Shapoorji Pallonji Senior Lecturer in Zoroastrianism at SOAS, UK. Her current research centres on the oral history of Zoroastrians in Iran.

This is the paperback and cheaper version of the hardback version released in 2005. Here’s more information of this:

Extent: 160 pages
ISBN: 978-1350197732
Series: The Idea of Iran
Illustrations: 18 black and white illustrations
Price: £28.99

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List of Figures – p. vi
Acknowledgements – pp. vii–viii
Introduction – Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis and Sarah Stewart – pp. 1–6
Chapter 1. Cyrus the Great and the Kingdom of Anshan – DT Potts – pp. 7–28
Chapter 2. An Archaeologist’s Approach to Avestan Geography – Frantz Grenet – pp. 29–51
Chapter 3. The Achaemenids and the Avesta – PO Skjærvø – pp. 52–84
Chapter 4. The Contribution of the Magi – Albert de Jong – pp. 85–99
Chapter 5. The History of the Idea of Iran – A Shapur Shahbazi – pp. 100–111
Chapter 6. Iron Age Iran and the Transition to the Achaemenid Period – John Curtis – pp. 112–131
Back matter – List of Abbreviations – p. 132
Bibliography – pp. 133–147

I’ve to buy it as soon as I can! Are you interested in it?

Have a good day,


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