Shadows in the Desert

Shadows in the Desert

Ancient Persia at War

Book - 2009
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The empires of ancient Persia remain as mysterious today as they were to contemporary Western scholars. Although Alexander the Great's conquest of Persia is legendary, the military successes of the Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sassanian empires, along with their revolutionary military technology, tactics, and culture have been almost forgotten in the sands of the East. Containing information never before published in English, Shadows in the Desert offers a comprehensive history of Persia's wars with East and West which spanned over a millennium, and offers an insight into the exchange of ideas and culture that occurred during these clashes between East and West, not only military technology, but influences in the arts, medicine, religion and science. This beautifully illustrated book delves into the rich heritage of the Persians, which was spread around the world through war and conquest, and which, after the fall of the Sassanians, continued to impact upon civilizations around the world.
Publisher: Oxford : Osprey, 2009
ISBN: 9781846034732
Branch Call Number: 935.05 F24s
Characteristics: 320 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), col. maps ; 25 cm


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Jul 10, 2016

Excellent even-handed book on maligned empire derided by Western culture & Greco-Roman historians. Lots of pictures & maps to recreate their history. Byzantine & Persian Empire won equal glory. However, total warfare by late Sassanian empire undermined them both. Never knew Persian empire had other enemies other than Roman & Parthian like Kushan, Alan (I'm not kidding!), Kidarates, & Hephthalites. Islamic empire was really repackaged neo-Sassanian empire. Persia legacy was in us with art, mathematics, medicine, music, carpet, polo, & Persian garden. Explained historical resentment of sophisticated Iran's identity & culture hijacked & suppressed by lowly Arabs like it was yesterday instead of centuries ago.

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