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The Resource Discovering Cyrus : the Persian conqueror astride the ancient world, Reza Zarghamee

Discovering Cyrus : the Persian conqueror astride the ancient world, Reza Zarghamee

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Discovering Cyrus : the Persian conqueror astride the ancient world
Title
Discovering Cyrus
Title remainder
the Persian conqueror astride the ancient world
Statement of responsibility
Reza Zarghamee
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Some of the most fascinating human epochs lie in the borderlands between history and mystery. So it is with the life of Cyrus the Great, founder of the Persian Empire in the sixth century BCE. By conquest or gentler means, he brought under his rule a dominion stretching from the Aegean Sea to the Hindu Kush and encompassing some tens of millions of people. All across this immense imperium, he earned support and stability by respecting local customs and religions, avoiding the brutal ways of tyranny, and efficiently administering the realm through provincial governors. The empire would last another two centuries, leaving an indelible Persian imprint on much of the ancient world. The Greek chronicler Xenophon, looking back from a distance of several generations, wrote: "Cyrus did indeed eclipse all other monarchs, before or since." The vision of the Biblical prophet known as Second Isaiah anticipates Cyrus' repatriation of Jews living in exile in Babylon with these words of the Lord: "He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please." Despite what he achieved and bequeathed, much about Cyrus remains uncertain. Persians of his era had no great respect for the written word and the most complete accounts of his life were composed by Greeks. More fragmentary or tangential evidence takes many forms--among them, archaeological remains, administrative records in subject lands, and the always tricky stuff of legend. Given these challenges, Discovering Cyrus: The Persian Conqueror Astride the Ancient World is a remarkable feat of portraiture. In his vast sweep, Reza Zarghamee draws on sources of every kind, painstakingly assembling detail, and always weighing evidence carefully where contradictions arise. He describes the background of the Persian people, the turbulence of the times, and the roots of Cyrus' policies. His account of the imperial era itself delves into religion, military methods, commerce, court life, and much else besides. The result is a living, breathing Cyrus standing atop a distant world that played a key role in shaping our own. Cyrus the Great, Persian Empire
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
935/.05092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DS282
LC item number
.Z27 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Iran's age of empire
Series volume
Book 1
Label
Discovering Cyrus : the Persian conqueror astride the ancient world, Reza Zarghamee
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Horn Museum items are located at 9047 Old US Hwy 31
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 677-711) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- A note on the major sources -- A note on the rendering of names -- Ancient names -- Modern Iranian toponyms -- Cast of characters -- Prelude -- A nascent people : the arrival of the Medes and Persians in Western Iran -- The march of empires : Assyrians, Scythians, and Medes -- A life shrouded in myth : Cyrus' origins and early years -- Overthrow of the Medes : symbols of power -- Subjugation of Lydia and Ionia -- The sun and the sky : Iranian religion in the age of Cyrus -- In the paths of heroes : the conquest of Eastern Iran -- The fall of a civilization : the Persian conquest of Babylonia -- The Lord's anointed : Cyrus and Israel -- One king of many, one lord of many : the royal ideology and administration of the Persian empire -- The Persian Oecumene in reality and art -- With horse and bow : the ancient Persian army -- Cyrus the father : the glory days of Cyrus King of Persia -- The way of the warrior : Cyrus' death in Central Asia -- The empire after Cyrus -- Epilogue: Cyrus' legacy -- Appendix I: Cyrus, Darius, and the early history of the Achaemenid Dynasty -- Appendix II: Titles and name of Cyrus -- Appendix III: Additional thoughts on the Median worship of Mithra -- Appendix IV: Cyrus and the cult of the Goddess Anahita -- Appendix V: Ugbaru, oebaras, Gobryas, and the land of Gutium -- Appendix VI: The Babylonian chronicle -- Appendix VII: The Cyrus cylinder -- Appendix VIII: The verse account of Nabonidus -- Appendix IX: The dynastic prophecy -- Appendix X: Second Isaiah and the Cyrus cylinder -- Appendix XI: Second Isaiah, Cyrus, and Yahweh the Creator -- Appendix XII: Cyrus and the Book of Daniel -- Appendix IX: The Satrapies -- Appendix XIV: Paradises -- Appendix XV: Herodotus' roster of the Achaemenid Army -- Appendix XVI: The Saka Tigrakhauda -- Appendix XVII: Saka epic traditions -- Appendix XVIII: The Cyrus legends and the Iranian epics
Control code
864299313
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First hardcover edition
Extent
xlviii, 735 pages
Isbn
9781933823386
Lccn
2013037216
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40023141404
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map
System control number
(OCoLC)864299313
Label
Discovering Cyrus : the Persian conqueror astride the ancient world, Reza Zarghamee
Publication
Note
Horn Museum items are located at 9047 Old US Hwy 31
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 677-711) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- A note on the major sources -- A note on the rendering of names -- Ancient names -- Modern Iranian toponyms -- Cast of characters -- Prelude -- A nascent people : the arrival of the Medes and Persians in Western Iran -- The march of empires : Assyrians, Scythians, and Medes -- A life shrouded in myth : Cyrus' origins and early years -- Overthrow of the Medes : symbols of power -- Subjugation of Lydia and Ionia -- The sun and the sky : Iranian religion in the age of Cyrus -- In the paths of heroes : the conquest of Eastern Iran -- The fall of a civilization : the Persian conquest of Babylonia -- The Lord's anointed : Cyrus and Israel -- One king of many, one lord of many : the royal ideology and administration of the Persian empire -- The Persian Oecumene in reality and art -- With horse and bow : the ancient Persian army -- Cyrus the father : the glory days of Cyrus King of Persia -- The way of the warrior : Cyrus' death in Central Asia -- The empire after Cyrus -- Epilogue: Cyrus' legacy -- Appendix I: Cyrus, Darius, and the early history of the Achaemenid Dynasty -- Appendix II: Titles and name of Cyrus -- Appendix III: Additional thoughts on the Median worship of Mithra -- Appendix IV: Cyrus and the cult of the Goddess Anahita -- Appendix V: Ugbaru, oebaras, Gobryas, and the land of Gutium -- Appendix VI: The Babylonian chronicle -- Appendix VII: The Cyrus cylinder -- Appendix VIII: The verse account of Nabonidus -- Appendix IX: The dynastic prophecy -- Appendix X: Second Isaiah and the Cyrus cylinder -- Appendix XI: Second Isaiah, Cyrus, and Yahweh the Creator -- Appendix XII: Cyrus and the Book of Daniel -- Appendix IX: The Satrapies -- Appendix XIV: Paradises -- Appendix XV: Herodotus' roster of the Achaemenid Army -- Appendix XVI: The Saka Tigrakhauda -- Appendix XVII: Saka epic traditions -- Appendix XVIII: The Cyrus legends and the Iranian epics
Control code
864299313
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First hardcover edition
Extent
xlviii, 735 pages
Isbn
9781933823386
Lccn
2013037216
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40023141404
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map
System control number
(OCoLC)864299313

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