Three books on the Achaemenids

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Three books on the Achaemenids

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One which came out a few years ago, one which is new, and one which is in editing.

Waters, Matthew (2014) Ancient Persia: A Concise History of the Achaemenid Empire, 550–330 BCE (Cambridge University Press: New York)

I read this and its a good concise overview which tries to be 'cutting edge' which is always a bit of a gamble. Its definitely more digestible than Pierre Briant's book or Amélie Kuhrt's amazing sourcebook.

Brosius, Maria (2020) A History of Ancient Persia: The Achaemenid Empire (Wiley-Blackwell: Hoboken, NJ)

Prof. Brosius just quit the ancient racket, I have not seen this book but I liked her earlier ones.

Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones is also working on a textbook, I would guess it will appear in 2021 or 2022.
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Re: Three books on the Achaemenids

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Glad to see Brosius's book. I use her smaller one, The Persians, in my ANE class. Will be sure to put the new one on order.

But what do you mean she "quit" the ancient racket?
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