Athens and Persia in the Fifth Century BC: A Study in Cultural Receptivity (Paperback)
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Short Description for Athens and Persia in the Fifth Century BC First comprehensive collection of evidence of the relations between Athens and Persia in fifth century BC.
- Published: 30 September 2004
- Format: Paperback 412 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521607582 ISBN 10: 0521607582
- Sales rank: 850,074
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Full description for Athens and Persia in the Fifth Century BC
It is a commonplace of modern scholarship that the Athenians hated and despised the Persians, but the claims of contempt are disproved by the evidence of archaeology, epigraphy, iconography and literature, all of which reveal some facet of Athenian receptivity to Achaemenid Persian culture. The Athenian response was as richly complex as the spheres of interaction: both private and public, elite and sub-elite. It appears in pot shapes, clothing, luxurious display and monumental architecture. This innovative study, the first comprehensive collection of evidence pertaining to the relations between Athens and Persia in the fifth century BC, aims to make this evidence better known and in so doing to argue that the social culture of classical Athens was not the monolithic construct it might appear.