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Kings, Countries, Peoples

Selected Studies on the Archaemenid Empire

Oriens et Occidens
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1. Edition
(2017)
633 Pages, 25 schw.-w. Abb.
ISBN 978-3-515-11628-2 (Print)
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Pierre Briant’s work focuses particularly on the Achaemenid Empire, Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Kingdoms. For the first time a selection of articles, originally published between 1979 and 2008, is now available in an English translation. The essays, translated by Amélie Kuhrt, deal with a wide range of topics, from regional studies to more universal subjects. A thought-provoking introduction gives a deeper understanding of his thinking by sometimes adopting his conclusions and by occasionally questioning his ideas and presenting an alternative line of thought. Thus, Kings, Countries, Peoples gives us an insight into the evolution of Pierre Briant's work.


Keywords: Achaemenid Dynasty, Alexander the Great, Hellenistic World, Iran, Persian Empire, Pre-Islamic Culture, Pre-Islamic History

Pierre Briant
Pierre Briant is a French Ancient Historian, Emeritus Professor at the Collège de France (Paris), Corresponding Member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres and of the German Archaeological Institute and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. His specialisms are: History, Culture and Societies in the Ancient Near East; the "Nachleben" of Ancient Near Eastern Characters and Institutions; the History of Scholarship.

Amelie Kuhrt

  • CONTENTS5-7
  • LIST OF FIGURES7-9
  • WORKS BY PIERRE BRIANT9-27
  • FOREWORD27-67
  • INTRODUCTION67-101
    • 1 Central Power and Cultural Polycentrism in the Achaemenid Empire69-101
  • PART I - ACHAEMENID ASIA MINOR101-193
    • 2 Droaphernes and the Sardis Statue103-125
    • 3 Cities and Satraps in the Achaemenid Empire: Xanthos and Pixodaros125-154
    • 4 The History and Archaeology of a Text: the Letter of Darius to Gadatas between Persians, Greeks and Romans154-193
  • PART II - ACHAEMENID EGYPT193-277
    • 5 The Ruling Class and Subject Populations in the Achaemenid Empire: the Egyptian example195-233
    • 6 A strange affair at Elephantine in 410 B. C. Widranga, the sanctuary of Khnûm and the temple of Yahweh233-247
    • 7 When Kings write History: the Persian period in Ptolemaic inscriptions247-258
    • 8 Multilingual Inscriptions of the Achaemenid Period: text and image258-275
    • 9 Herodotus, Udjahorresnet and Darius’ Palace at Susa275-277
  • PART III - THE GREAT KING, LAND AND WATER277-383
    • 10 Sheep Breeding in the Achaemenid Empire (Sixth to Fourth Centuries B. C.)279-297
    • 11 On the King as Gardener: observations on the history of a set of documents297-312
    • 12 The Drinking Water of the Great King312-331
    • 13 Polybius X 28 and the qanāts: the evidence and its limitations331-357
    • 14 Montesquieu and his Sources: Alexander, the Persian Empire, the Guebres and Irrigation357-371
    • 15 The State, the Earth and Water between the Nile and Syr Darya371-383
  • PART IV - COMMUNICATIONS AND EXCHANGE383-453
    • 16 From Sardis to Susa385-401
    • 17 Themistocles on the Royal Road401-403
    • 18 [with Raymond Descat] A customs register from the satrapy of Egypt in the Achaemenid period (TAD C3,7)403-441
    • 19 Tribute payments and exchange in Achaemenid and Hellenistic Asia Minor441-453
  • PART V - THE TRANSITIONFROM THE ACHAEMENID EMPIRE TO ALEXANDERAND THE HELLENISTIC KINGDOMS453-637
    • 20 From the Achaemenids to the Hellenistic Rulers: continuities and changes455-485
    • 21 Michael Rostovtzeff and the transition from the Achaemenid to the Hellenistic World485-498
    • 22 Greco-Hellenistic Sources, Persian and Macedonian Institutions: continuities, changes and ‘bricolages’498-525
    • 23 Alexander in Sardis525-544
    • 24 The Institutions of Achaemenid Sardis: an additional remark544-545
    • 25 The Iranians of Asia Minor after the fall of the Achaemenid empire: the Amyzon inscription545-568
    • 26 From Sardis to Persepolis: the royal economy between private and public568-582
    • 27 Asia Minor in Transition582-616
    • 28 The katarraktai of the Tigris: irrigation-works, commerce and shipping in Elam and Babylonia from Darius to Alexander616-637
  • INDEX OF NAMES637-644
  • INDEX OF PLACES AND PEOPLE644-650
  • INDEX OF ANCIENT SOURCES650--1