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King and Court in Ancient Persia 559 to 331 BCE

Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

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The first Persian Empire (559-331 BCE) was the biggest land empire the world had seen, and seated at the heart of its vast dominions, in the south of modern-day Iran, was the person of the Great King. Immortalized in Greek literature as despotic tyrants, a new vision of Persian monarchy is emerging from Iranian, and other, sources (literary, visual, and archaeological), which show the Kings in a very different light. Inscriptions of Cyrus, Darius, Xerxes, and their heirs present an image of Persian rulers as liberators, peace-makers, valiant warriors, righteous god-fearing judges, and law-makers.

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About the Author

Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones is Professor of Ancient History at Cardiff University and a specialist in the histories and cultures of ancient Iran and Greece. He also works on dress and gender in antiquity and on the ancient world in popular culture, especially Hollywood cinema. He is the author of "Aphrodite’s Tortoise: the veiled woman of Ancient Greece" and "King and Court in Ancient Persia 559-331 BCE" and of "Ctesias’ History of Persia". He is editor of "Women’s Dress in the Ancient Greek World", "Greek Notions of the Past in the Archaic and Classical Eras", "Creating a Hellenistic World" and "The Hellenistic Court" as well as numerous articles on Greek and Persian culture. Forthcoming work includes "The Culture of Animals in Antiquity" and "Through Esther's Eyes: An Iconographic Exegesis of the Book of Esther". He is the series editor of Edinburgh Studies in Ancient Persia and co-series editor of Screening Antiquity.

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Llewellyn-Jones is a skilled philologist and has a special interest in ancient dress and gender studies. His study of the Achamenids is given extra depth by his knowledge of contemporary Iran. Llewllyn-Jones blends an easy mastery of widely disparate sources with a clear-cut, jargon-free prose style.
- Peter Green, Professor Emeritus, University of Texas at Austin, London Review of Books

King and Court in Ancient Persia, a book that usefully provides numerous excerpts from ancient written sources as well as photographs and line drawings, would also earn a place in your luggage if travelling to Persepolis.

- Shaun Sheehan, Dublin Review of Books

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