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Ancient Persia and Iranian Civilisation

    Naturevolume 120page115 (1927) | Download Citation



    MR. HUART'S book on ancient Persia contains a very good account of the cultural history of old Iran. A vivid picture of the country, and an account of the scripts in which Persian texts have been written, is followed by the history of the three great dynasties, the Achsemenids, Arsacids, and the Sassanids. The real value of the book consists in the excellent analyses of the cultural data referring to each epoch; the social organisation, the religious cults and beliefs, and the artistic productions. The powerful character sketches of the various monarchs and heroes, starting with the legendary Cyrus, receive new life from the cultural background in which they are set. The author makes us feel the scenery, through his descriptions drawn from personal experience and by the many pictures which enliven the book. The chronological table and bibliography add to the value of the book, while the excellent index facilitates its use for reference.

    Ancient Persia and Iranian Civilisation.



    By. Translated by M. R. Dobie. (The History of Civilisation Series.) Pp. xix + 249 + 4 plates. (London: Kegan Paul and Co., Ltd.; New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1927.) 12s. 6d. net.

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