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By Sasan Samiei

The Achaemenid Empire, based by way of Cyrus the good within the sixth century, used to be at its top the most important empire the realm had but visible, stretching throughout Asia, the center East and North Africa. simply because this primary Persian Empire fought a chain of wars opposed to the traditional Greek city-states, it has usually been solid against the Hellenistic cultures of the interval. old Persia in Western background is a measured rejoinder to the dominant narrative that considers the Graeco-Persian Wars to be in simple terms 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 figuring out of this important period - contrasting the paintings of Edward Gibbon and Goethe, which honored Classicism and Hellenistic heritage, with later writers reminiscent of John Linton Myres. eventually, Samiei explores the cross-cultural encounters which constituted the Achaemenid interval itself, and repositions it as necessary to the historical past of Europe, Asia and the center East.

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