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Persica. English
Ctesias' History of Persia : tales of the Orient / [translated with commentaries by] Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones and James Robson
Alternate Title History of Persia
1st pbk. ed
London ; New York : Routledge, 2013, c2010
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 Armenian Research Center  DS284.4 .C83    CALL 593-5181
Subject Iran -- History -- To 640
Iran -- Kings and rulers
Iran -- Social life and customs
Ctesias. Persica
Physical Description x, 253 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm
Note ACCESS: May only be used at the Armenian Research Center ; please call 313 593-5181 for Center hours
Includes bibliographical references (p. 232-239) and index
Contents Outline of the history of Persia -- Ctesias' History of Persia -- Translator's preface -- Key to conventions used in this edition -- Testimonia on the life and work of Ctesias -- Fragments of Ctesias' History of Persia
Summary Towards the end of the fifth century BC Ctesias of Cnidus wrote his 23 book History of Persia. Ctesias is a remarkable figure: he lived and worked in the Persian court and, as a doctor, tended to the world's most powerful kings and queens. His position gave him special insight into the workings of Persian court life and access to the gossip and scandal surrounding Persian history and court politics, past and present. His History of Persia was completed at a time when the Greeks were fascinated by Persia and seems very much to cater to contemporary interest in Persian wealth and opulence, powerful Persian women, the institution of the harem, kings and queens, eunuchs and secret plots. Presented here in English translation for the first time with commentaries. Ctesias offers a fascinating insight into Persia in the fifth century BC
Language English introduction; main text translated from the Ancient Greek
Series Routledge classical translations
Armenian Research Center collection
Alternate Author Llewellyn-Jones, Lloyd
Robson, James (James E.)

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