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Cyrus the Great

Cyrus the Great

Life and Lore

Edited by M. Rahim Shayegan

ISBN 9780674987388

Publication date: 04/02/2019

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.

Author

  • 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.

Book Details

  • 264 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • Ilex Foundation

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