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King and court in ancient Persia 559 to 331 BCE

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Explores Achaemenid kingship and argues for the centrality of the royal court in elite Persian society
The first Persian Empire (559-331 BCE) was the biggest land empire the world had seen, and seated at the heart of its vast dominions, in the south of modern-day Iran, was the person of the Great King. Hidden behind the walls of his vast palace, and surrounded by the complex rituals of court ceremonial, the Persian monarch was undisputed master of his realm, a god-like figure of awe, majesty, and mystery.Yet the court of the Great King was no simple platform for meaningless theatrical display; at court, presentation mattered: nobles vied for position and prestige, and the royal family attempted to keep a tight grip on dynastic power - in spite of succession struggles, murders, and usurpations, for the court was also the centre of political decision-making and the source of cultural expression.
Key features:

Draws on rich Iranian and Classical sources
Examines key issues such as royal ideology, court structure, ceremony and ritual, royal migrations, gender, hierarchy, architecture and space and cultural achievements
Accesses the rarefied but dangerous world of Persian palace life
Includes guides to further reading and web resources to encourage research

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Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
234x156x16
EAN-13:
9780748641253
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-13:
9780748641253
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
272
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press

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Explores Achaemenid kingship and argues for the centrality of the royal court in elite Persian society
The first Persian Empire (559-331 BCE) was the biggest land empire the world had seen, and seated at the heart of its vast dominions, in the south of modern-day Iran, was the person of the Great King. Hidden behind the walls of his vast palace, and surrounded by the complex rituals of court ceremonial, the Persian monarch was undisputed master of his realm, a god-like figure of awe, majesty, and mystery.Yet the court of the Great King was no simple platform for meaningless theatrical display; at court, presentation mattered: nobles vied for position and prestige, and the royal family attempted to keep a tight grip on dynastic power - in spite of succession struggles, murders, and usurpations, for the court was also the centre of political decision-making and the source of cultural expression.
Key features:

Draws on rich Iranian and Classical sources
Examines key issues such as royal ideology, court structure, ceremony and ritual, royal migrations, gender, hierarchy, architecture and space and cultural achievements
Accesses the rarefied but dangerous world of Persian palace life
Includes guides to further reading and web resources to encourage research

Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
234x156x16
EAN-13:
9780748641253
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-13:
9780748641253
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
272
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press

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