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The Persian Empire

A Captivating Guide to the History of Persia, Starting from the Ancient Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sassanian Empires to the Safavid, Afsharid, and Qajar Dynasties
Narrated by: Desmond Manny
Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
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Summary

Explore the Captivating History of the Persian Empire! 

One of the most shocking things about the Persians is how quickly they went from an obscure, powerless, and nomadic tribe to an immense empire that spanned across western Asia, Africa, and parts of Europe. The rise of Cyrus the great, considered the father of Persia, in the seventh century BCE, filled the power vacuum caused by the fall of the Assyrians, and it led to the formation of one of the most powerful empires of the ancient world. 

The Persians have made significant contributions to world culture, ranging from their ability to raise and train one of the ancient world’s most formidable fighting forces, the Persian Immortals, to their new and effective ways of organizing and administering government. And Persian art heavily influenced their Muslim invaders, helping to usher in the Islamic Golden age that helped spread Islam throughout the Middle East and Africa. 

In The Persian Empire: A Captivating Guide to the History of Persia, Starting from the Ancient Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sassanian Empires to the Safavid, Afsharid, and Qajar Dynasties, you will discover topics such as:

  • Who are the Persians? The history of human population in Iran
  • The birth of the Achaemenid Empire: the rise and reign of Cyrus the Great
  • The glory of the Achaemenid Empire: Cambyses and Darius
  • The beginning of the end: the Reign of Xerxes and the downfall of the Achaemenid Dynasty
  • Life in ancient Persia
  • The Persian military
  • Zoroastrianism: Persia’s religion
  • Later Persian dynasties: the Parthian Empire to the Qajar Dynasty
  • Persian art: mixing East and West
  • Persian contributions to science and technology
  • And much, much more!
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Good book

If you like to read about Persian history, this is a good book to read. I have a couple other books about Persia & this fits right in with them. It's a good historical read.

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The bibliography is ample.

This is a good reference book to have in case of an introduction to the topic because it does carry a great deal of information. The maps are explication and the genealogies useful. The bibliography is ample.

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Scholarly Overview of Persian Empire

The author has written a good overview of Persian history from the founding of the Achievement empire until the Arab conquest. Despite the great time-span of his work he is able to provide many interesting details and insights. He accomplishes this by avoiding a strict chronological approach. Sections are devoted to the various empires such as the Parthia's, and, within these sections, chapters deal with subjects such as religion or classes in society

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Story is a bit overrated.

In my view this is not a history of Persian Empire but rather a set of essays on just a few topics: "The Testimonies" (i.e. the historical sources); "The King and his Subjects"; and "Everyday Life". Still a good effort.

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The Persian Empire

This book is different than other books because the author is not just discussing Persian period. The author integrates other Iran's historical point.

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A successful attempt by the author.

The author has done a Terrific job, It's a must for enthusiasts and students of Ancient Persia or Iran and world history in general.

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The Most Accurate Book

The author here attempts to clean up the information that is presented. He looks at historical detail obtained about the Persian empire from many sources and places and is able to piece together a more likely series of events of this time period. It is truely an excellent text if you are interested in the the actual events that may have taken place in this time period. It shows the reader that what is considered Persian history from the Greek perspective.

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Good one history book.

The book traces the Persian Empire in an easy and special way. Each king and historical personality is explained clearly and objectively. Of particular interest in the book are those of the three charismatic historical figures of Cyrus the Great, This book is recommended to readers who are looking for a high-quality scholarly work on ancient civilizations.

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Recommended

Waters does a good job constructing a narrative based on pretty thin sources. He is, however, of the Herodotus bashing school and since we are so dependent upon Herodotus for much of our limited understanding of the Persians this becomes tiresome and perhaps unfair. Nevertheless, this is a useful book on an under-studied topic and I would recommend it for anyone interested in the Persian Empire.

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Simply magnificent.

It is one of the best book as this book is so good that if i could rate it 10 stars i would rate it 20

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  • Aryeh Madina
  • 30-01-19

Good audible.

It seems this book was written from Iranian perspective and not from Greek prespective. As a result, all Iranian should buy this particular book, and self educate themselves with regard to their history.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-01-19

One of the top book from Captivating History.

I was chiefly interested in the religious and cultural aspects of the Persian period, rather than the military and political ones, and I have come away from this book considerably more enlightened than I was by Edwin Yamauchi's treatment of Persia. This author is both a vivid and readable writer, witty, detailed and fair-minded.

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  • John L Morton
  • 30-01-19

Old But Still Kicking

While I'm sure that the information in "The History of the Persian Empire" must have been superseded to a degree in the 50 years since it has been published, and it is likely that the author may have been overly sure of facts, this book is a pleasure to read and a mine of cultural food for thought. I fear the reviewer above who managed to finish the book knowing next to nothing about ancient Persia is saying more about herself than this book.

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  • Franklin Robert
  • 30-01-19

My first audible, I love history

One of the first thing a reader picks up is how sparse good information is regarding the ancient Persian Empire. The Achaemenid Empire (a name derived to establish legitimacy of the dynasty) was the major power on the planet at that time--only to be overthrown by Alexander the Great and his Macedonian led forces.

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  • David Sherrer
  • 29-01-19

Good book

If you like to read about Persian history, this is a good book to read. I have a couple other books about Persia & this fits right in with them. It's a good historical read.

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  • Mu'adh Kameel Bishara
  • 27-01-19

Ancient Persia by Captivating History

The book "A Captivating Guide to the History of Persia" is a scholarly work which is well-researched and well-written. It is scrupulously objective. It is a concise history of the Persian Empire, the first world empire established by Cyrus the Great and which lasted for 220 years. Because of its unique geopolitical location Iran has been attacked many times by different tribes and armies.

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  • James C. McDaniel
  • 27-01-19

The book covers all of the kings of the empire.

The book covers all of the kings of the empire and topics such as cuneiform, Zoroastrianism, Persian capitals and the use of throne names. I particularly liked the bold descriptions and the fact that the author provided on glossy side (as is the whole book), making them very clear. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in leaning more about this fascinating subject.

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  • Christopher N. Ross
  • 27-01-19

An excellent overview

This is an excellent overview of "The Persian Empire". It is well written, concise and highly readable. The author uses written sources as well as the results of archeological studies. He clearly points out areas of controversy and presents all sides, not just relying on a single source, such as Herodotus.

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  • Eli Josh
  • 25-01-19

I liked this book a lot

I liked this book a lot. It is accessible for a person who knows basically nothing about The Persian Empire and who wants to understand how historians know what they know about that civilization. The author also does not shy away from explaining where historians differ from each other in their interpretations of the (limited) available evidence.

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  • Isaiah Christian
  • 25-01-19

Given as a gift and was great one.

Captivating History is a great story teller! I am following it for a long time and always happy to receive their books.