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Book Release: Cyrus the Great An Ancient Iranian King

Source: Afshar Publishing

“Cyrus the Great An Ancient Iranian King” provides a scholarly and readable exposition of one of the great figures of antiquity.

Santa Monica, CA - July 29, 2013 / ( - “Cyrus the Great An Ancient Iranian King”edited by Touraj Daryaee will be released on August 1, 2013 and will be available on and other reputable booksellers

Cyrus is among the most impressive characters in the ancient world. From the Old Testament to Xenophon's Cyropaedia, ancient texts have made him to an example of tolerance and just kingship. Hailing from a small principality in southwest Iran, he rapidly rose to power, creating a world empire. The five articles included here, along with the English and Persian translation of his cylinder, provide a scholarly and readable exposition of one of the great figures of antiquity. Cyrus the Great's political career, monuments, religious practices and literary remains are all discussed in this concise and informative book.

Editorial Review

“This is an important book: don't let its comparative slimness deceive you. In less than 100 pages, some of the best scholars in the field provide a lively, informed, and valuable synthesis of current thinking about one antiquity's foremost figures. The new English/Persian translations of the infamous Cylinder are not only useful, but much needed. Cyrus the Great has been very well served by Touraj Daryaee and his team.” - Dr. Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, Senior Lecturer in Ancient History, the University of Edinburgh

About the Editor and Contributors

Pierre Briant
Professor of History and Civilization of the Achaemenid World and the Empire of Alexander the Great
College de France

Touraj Daryaee
Howard C. Baskerville Professor in the History of Iran and the Persianate World
University of California, Irvine

Irving Finkel
Assistant Keeper, Ancient Mesopotamian Scripts, Languages and Cultures
The British Museum

Ali Mousavi
Curator for the Ancient Iran & the Near East
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Shahrokh Razmjou
Curator of Ancient Iran & Professor
The British Museum & The University of Tehran

Matthew W. Stolper
John A. Wilson Professor of Oriental Studies in the Oriental Institute
University of Chicago

David Stronach
Professor Emeritus, Near Eastern Studies
University of California, Berkeley


“Cyrus the Great An Ancient Iranian King": Edited by Touraj Daryaee
Publication Date: August 1, 2013

Trade Paperback: $12.99; 114 pages; ISBN: 978-0985498115

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About Afshar Publishing

Founded in 2005, Afshar Publishing is an independent scholarly publishing house, catering predominantly to the needs of academics and students, and to a wider audience of interested general readers.

As a quality non-fiction publisher Afshar Publishing publish both non-fiction books for a broad, educated readership and new scholarly books of intellectual distinction and originality on Iranian studies or related to Iran. Afshar Publishing publish biographies, titles focusing on current affairs, and academic titles.

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