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Ctesias' Persica and Its Near Eastern Context.


Ctesias' Persica and Its Near Eastern Context

Matt Waters

University of Wisconsin Press


159 pages



Wisconsin Studies in Classics


Ctesias of Cnidus was a doctor to the Persian king Artaxerxes II at the turn of the fourth century BCE. He wrote several books but the focus here is on his most famous Persica, a history using the term loosely, of Assyria, Media, and Persia down to his own time, about 400. It is directly or indirectly a main source for many perceptions of Achaemenid Persian history and culture. Like most Greek writers, he skewed his account for Greek readers, and many scholars during the past generation have tried to uncode it. Waters contributes to that effort, also including Ctesias' treat of subjects beyond Achaemenid history, such as Greek historiography and the development of Greek romance. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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