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Persians: The Age of the Great Kings

Persians: The Age of the Great Kings

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A stunning portrait of the magnificent splendor and enduring legacy of ancient Persia

The Achaemenid Persian kings ruled over the largest empire of antiquity, stretching from Libya to the steppes of Asia and from Ethiopia to Pakistan. From the palace-city of Persepolis, Cyrus the Great, Darius, Xerxes, and their heirs reigned supreme for centuries until the conquests of Alexander of Macedon brought the empire to a swift and unexpected end in the late 330s BCE.

In Persians, historian Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones tells the epic story of this dynasty and the world it ruled. Drawing on Iranian inscriptions, cuneiform tablets, art, and archaeology, he shows how the Achaemenid Persian Empire was the world's first superpower--one built, despite its imperial ambition, on cooperation and tolerance. This is the definitive history of the Achaemenid dynasty and its legacies in modern-day Iran, a book that completely reshapes our understanding of the ancient world.

Author: Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones
Publisher: Basic Books
Published: 04/12/2022
Pages: 448
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.50lbs
Size: 8.90h x 5.80w x 1.60d
ISBN: 9781541600348

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 01/24/2022
Library Journal 03/01/2022 pg. 146
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