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Rock of Behistun - Achaemenid Empire (6th century BC)


For this post, I wanted to write about an astonishing artwork, and what better creation for that than the magnificent Rock of Behistun (also known as Bisotun) in Iran. 665 more words


Intolerant Hellenism: Alexander the Accursed

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Alexander the Great is one of the best known generals and conquerors in history. He created an empire that extended from Macedon to Northwest India that included Egypt in Africa. 2,787 more words


There Will Always Be War

By Alan Caruba ~

We begin with the reality that the United States and many other nations are at war with militant Islamists. They are a growing army of religious zealots murdering Christians, Jews, others who are not Muslim, and even other Muslims. 1,111 more words

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Late Babylonian Private Letters

Before Christmas a senior colleague recommended that I should read the new volume of Spätbabylonische Privatbriefe from Ugarit-Verlag. I am grateful that they did. The orientalists in Vienna are working on a project on Babylonia from the end of the seventh century BCE to the end of cuneiform writing on clay, and as part of this project they are editing the many letters which survive from this period. 504 more words


Achaemenid Inscription Found in Iran's Perspolis

TEHRAN (FNA)- Archaeologists said they have discovered pieces of a stone inscription belonging to an ancient Achaemenid emperor in Persepolis in Iran’s Southern province of Fars. 179 more words


The Population of the Achaemenid Empire

When I wrote my MA, I spent months wracking my brains and scouring libraries in hopes that I could estimate the population of the Achaemenid empire within a factor of two or three. 366 more words


A Weakening Grip, or More of the Same?

With the burning of Sardis in mind we may turn to the question of the Persian military presence in western Asia Minor. The evidence from the Greek sources is scrappy, but we know of a number of cases of fiefs being granted and of Persians having taken over good land.

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