Xerxes: A Persian Life

Εξώφυλλο
Yale University Press, 15 Αυγ 2015 - 288 σελίδες
0 Κριτικές
Xerxes, Great King of the Persian Empire from 486–465 B.C., has gone down in history as an angry tyrant full of insane ambition. The stand of Leonidas and the 300 against his army at Thermopylae is a byword for courage, while the failure of Xerxes’ expedition has overshadowed all the other achievements of his twenty-two-year reign.
 
In this lively and comprehensive new biography, Richard Stoneman shows how Xerxes, despite sympathetic treatment by the contemporary Greek writers Aeschylus and Herodotus, had his reputation destroyed by later Greek writers and by the propaganda of Alexander the Great. Stoneman draws on the latest research in Achaemenid studies and archaeology to present the ruler from the Persian perspective. This illuminating volume does not whitewash Xerxes’ failings but sets against them such triumphs as the architectural splendor of Persepolis and a consideration of Xerxes’ religious commitments. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of a man who ruled a vast and multicultural empire which the Greek communities of the West saw as the antithesis of their own values.
 

Τι λένε οι χρήστες - Σύνταξη κριτικής

XERXES: A Persian Life

Κριτική χρηστών  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Stoneman (Pindar, 2014, etc.) sorts through millennia of literature and histories to try to reveal Xerxes, the powerful ruler of the Achaemenid Empire. The author sets a difficult task, and he cites a ... Ανάγνωση ολόκληρης της κριτικής

Περιεχόμενα

Introduction
1
chapter one Accession
17
chapter two The Persian Empire
35
chapter three The Image of a King
69
chapter four The Religion of Xerxes
88
The Cornerstone ofGreek Freedom
109
The Wooden Walls
139
chapter seven Persepolis
160
Conclusion
210
Appendix 1 Xerxes in Opera and Drama
219
Appendix 2 The Birth of Persian Kings
223
Appendix 3 The Chronology of Xerxes Advancethrough Greece
226
Abbreviations
229
Notes
230
Bibliography
258
Index
268

chapter eight Family Romances
181
chapter nine Assassination
195

Άλλες εκδόσεις - Προβολή όλων

Συχνά εμφανιζόμενοι όροι και φράσεις

Σχετικά με τον συγγραφέα (2015)

Richard Stoneman is Honorary Fellow, University of Exeter, and a director of Westminster Classic Tours. He has written extensively in the field of Greek history. He lives in Devon, England.

Πληροφορίες βιβλιογραφίας