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Shadows in the Desert Ancient Persia at War.

SHADOWS IN THE DESERT ANCIENT PERSIA AT WAR. By Kaveh Farrokh published by Osprey ISBN 978 1 84603 108 3 price 20.00 [pound sterling] hardback

Following the Islamic Revolution in 1979 and the ensuing Cultural Revolution, the pre-Islamic Persian empires became a taboo subject. Consequently the empires of ancient Persia remain as mysterious today as they were to contemporary western scholars. Although Alexander the Great's conquest of Persia is legendary, the military successes of the Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sassanian empires, along with their revolutionary military technology, tactics, and culture have been almost forgotten in the sands of the East. Shadows in the Desert offers a comprehensive history of Persia's wars with East and West which spanned a millennium, and offers an insight into the exchange of ideas and culture that occurred during these clashes between East and West--in military technology the arts, medicine, religion and science. This beautifully illustrated book delves into the rich heritage of the Persians, which was spread around the world through war and conquest, and which, after the fall of the Sassanians, continued to impact upon world civilisations.
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Author:Rhodes, Fred
Publication:The Middle East
Article Type:Book review
Date:May 1, 2007
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