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Cyrus the Great: Life and Lore
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M. Rahim Shayegan
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Cyrus the Great: Life and Lore

M. Rahim Shayegan



Literary studies: classical, early & medieval;
Ancient history: to c 500 CE;


250 pages

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The edited volume Cyrus the Great: Life and Lore re-contextualizes Cyrus's foundational act and epoch in light of recent scholarship, while examining his later reception in antiquity and beyond. Among the many themes addressed in the volume are: the complex dossier of Elamo-Persian acculturation; the Mesopotamian antecedents of Cyrus's edict and religious policy; Cyrus's Baupolitik at Pasargadae, and the idiosyncratic genesis of Persian imperial art; the Babylonian exile, the Bible, and the First Return; Cyrus's exalted but conflicted image in the later Greco-Roman world; his reception and programmatic function in genealogical constructs of the Hellenistic and Arsacid periods; and finally Cyrus's conspicuous and enigmatic evanescence in the Sasanian and Muslim traditions.

The sum of these wide-ranging contributions assembled in one volume, as well as a new critical edition and English translation of the Cyrus Cylinder, allow for a more adequate evaluation of Cyrus's impact on his own age, as well as his imprint on posterity.

Edited by:   M. Rahim Shayegan
Imprint:   Ilex
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9780674987388
ISBN 10:   0674987381
Series:   Ilex Series
Pages:   250
Publication Date:   June 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

M. Rahim Shayegan is Eleanor and Jahangir Amuzegar Professor of Iranian and Director of the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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