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Author Waters, Matthew W. (Matthew William),
Title Ctesias' Persica and its Near Eastern context / Matt Waters.
Imprint Madison, Wisconsin : The University of Wisconsin Press, [2017]

Author Waters, Matthew W. (Matthew William),
Series Wisconsin studies in classics
Wisconsin studies in classics.
Subject Ctesias. Persica.
Iran -- History -- To 640 -- Historiography.
Iran -- History -- To 640 -- Sources.
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 159 pages) : illustrations, map.
polychrome rdacc
Summary The Persica is an extensive history of Assyria and Persia written by the Greek historian Ctesias, who served as a doctor to the Persian king Artaxerxes II around 400 BCE. Written for a Greek readership, the Persica influenced the development of both historiographic and literary traditions in Greece. It also, contends Matt Waters, is an essential but often misunderstood source for the history of the Achaemenid Persian Empire. Waters, as a historian of Persia with command of Akkadian, Elamite, and Old Persian languages in addition to Latin and Greek, offers a fresh interdisciplinary analysis of the Persica. He shows in detail how Ctesias' history, though written in a Greek literary style, was infused with two millennia of Mesopotamian and Persian motifs, legends, and traditions. This Hellenized version of Persian culture was enormously influential in antiquity, shaping Greek stereotypes of effeminate Persian monarchs, licentious and vengeful queens, and conniving eunuchs. Waters' revealing study contributes significantly to knowledge of ancient historiography, Persian dynastic traditions and culture, and the influence of Near Eastern texts and oral tradition on Greek literature.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 131-149) and indexes.
Contents The eunuch in-between -- Semiramis, queen of battle -- A different kind of education for Cyrus -- The inverted hero's many faces.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780299310936 (electronic bk.)
0299310930 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 968212250
Additional Format Print version: Waters, Matthew W. (Matthew William). Ctesias' Persica and its Near Eastern context. Madison, Wisconsin : The University of Wisconsin Press, [2017] 9780299310905 (DLC) 2016016555 (OCoLC)947041919

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