Ancient Persia in Western History: Hellenism and the Representation of the Achaemenid Empire
Sasan Samiei (Author)
Ancient Persia in Western History is a measured rejoinder to the dominant narrative that considers the Graeco-Persian Wars to be merely the first round of an oft-repeated battle between the despotic 'East' and the broadly enlightened 'West'. Sasan Samiei analyses the historiography which has skewed our understanding of this crucial era - contrasting the work of Edward Gibbon and Goethe, which venerated Classicism and Hellenistic history, with later writers such as John Linton Myres. Finally, Samiei explores the cross-cultural encounters which constituted the Achaemenid period itself, and repositions it as essential to the history of Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
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About the Author
Sasan Samiei completed his PhD in Iranian History at University College London, UK, and also holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, UK.
- Contributor: Sasan Samiei
- Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
- ISBN13: 9781350197763
- Number of Pages: 336
- Packaged Weight: 390
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Release Date: 2021-05-20
- Binding: Paperback / softback
- Biography: Sasan Samiei completed his PhD in Iranian History at University College London, UK, and also holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, UK.
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