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Touraj Daryaee synthesizes a new generation of Sasanian scholarship to present the first single volume study of such important history-important not only for understanding Iranian, but Roman and early Islamic histories as well.

Gene Garthwaite, Professor of History, and Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor of Asian Studies, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire

Touraj Daryaee is a well-known scholar of Sasanian history and religious texts who knows the subject well and has published widely in his field. This will be a useful publication for scholars and everyone interested in Sasanian history.

Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis, Curator, The British Museum

Touraj Daryaee's Sasanian Persia is far more detailed than all previous work on the subject,with a multitude of new materials and sources.It is a masterpiece of research and will be the last word on Sasanian Iran in all of its aspects-from political history to religion, society and commerce.

Richard N. Frye, Emeritus Professor of Iranian Studies, Harvard University

The publication of Touraj Daryaee's book is a cause for much satisfaction. He is a leading scholar of his subject, which he tackles very successfully. David Morgan, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Wisconsin --David Morgan, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Wisconsin

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Of profound importance in late antiquity, the Sasanian Empire is virtually unknown today,except as a counterpoint to the Roman Empire. In this highly readable history, Touraj Daryaee fills a significant gap in our knowledge of world history. He examines the Sasanians complex and colourful narrative and demonstrates their unique significance,not only for the development of Iranian civilization but also for Roman and Islamic history. The Sasanians were the last of the ancient Persian dynasties and are best known as the pre-eminent practitioners of the Zoroastrian religion. Founded by Ardashir I in 224 CE, the Sasanian Empire was the dominant force in the Middle East for several centuries until its last king, Yazdgerd III, was defeated by the Muslim Arabs in the seventh century. In this concise yet comprehensive new book, Touraj Daryaee provides an unrivalled account of Sasanian Persia. Drawing on extensive new sources,he paints a vivid portrait of Sasanian life and unravels the divergent strands that contributed to the making of this great empire.

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  • Broché: 240 pages
  • Editeur : I.B.Tauris in association with the Iran Heritage Foundation; Édition : Reprint (13 février 2013)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1780763786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780763781
  • Dimensions du produit: 15,5 x 2,1 x 22,9 cm
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Par M. MARC-GRIVAZ le 22 novembre 2013
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Il s'agit d'un ouvrage de synthèse sur l'empire sassanide qui détaille les différents aspects: religion, organisation, économie. Seul reproche la partie consacrée à l'histoire politique est trop réduite par rapport à l'ensemble . Donc bien mais seulement pour une première approche du sujet.
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19 internautes sur 22 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
An interesting, if flawed, introduction to an important and flawed empire 26 septembre 2011
Par Michael Graebner - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Sassanid Iran is an unknown entity to most readers - including a good number of historians. For
Late Antiquity the number of books in English diminishes progressively the farther east one
moves. By the time one arrives at Sassanid Iran the number of relevant and inexpensive
(under $75) can probably be counted on one hand.

There are a number of reasons for this, foremost of which is the bewildering array of languages faced by anyone interested in understanding this very important era in Iranian and Central Asian history. To make matters worse, much of what we do know about this empire comes from either outside accounts of Sasanian Persia, or from sources written long after the empire's collapse in the seventh century.

Pehlevi(Middle Persian), the official language of Sassanid administration and rule, lacks even
a modern reference grammar in English. Even Tibetan offers better linguistic resources. This is truly a shame, considering the enduring cultural influence of Sassanid Iran.

Touraj Daryaee has performed a great service in his presentation of Sasanian Persia. This is probably the best introduction available in English. His discussion of the culture as well as the history of the Sassanid Empire, is worth the price of the book. The section on languages
and texts is outstanding as well as the only readable account on this subject. The treatment of Sasanian religious structure exhibits care and critical insight into the sources.

Where this introduction falls down is in its less than transparent prose. A little more proofing would have made reading this work a far less choppy experience. Another minor flaw is the failure to include abbreviations in a listing of works other than journals and reference works (eg.SKZ). A little better editing is needed.

Most distressing is the total lack of maps. Professor Daryee's use of recent archeological work is commendable, but without geographical location archeology loses meaning. A list of
rulers would also be nice.

All said, Touraj Daryee's Sasanian Persia is the best general reference in English to this
fascinating and important era. Its flaws, however, prevent this work from be coming a classic.
It is to be hoped that a carefully and fully revised second edition would would become this classic.
9 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Important Work But Could Use a Good Editor 29 décembre 2011
Par Arch Stanton - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
First off, this book is a vital one for the study of Sassanian history since there really isn't anything else like it in English. This book and its companion book Sasanian Iran: Portrait of a Late Antique Empire are the only books for a general audience that are devoted solely to the Sassanians. There are a few other books that deal with specific issues within the Sassanid empire such as The Sasanian Era (a collection of essays), Decline and Fall of the Sasanian Empire: The Sasanian-Parthian Confederacy and the Arab Conquest of Iran (which argues about a specific issue within the empire), and Sasanian Society: Warriors, Scribes, Dehqans (an analysis of one aspect of Persian society). There are also a number that deal with the Sassanians within the context of greater Iranian history including Frye's excellent The Heritage of Persia The Golden Age of Persia, Ancient Persia, and Arsacids and Sasanians: Political Ideology in Post-Hellenistic and Late Antique Persia. There are also foreign language books that deal solely with the Sassians such as 'L'Iran sous les Sassanides' and 'Grundzüge der Geschichte des sasanidischen Reiches.' But in English these two books are it.

While his previous book dealt with the political history this one covers the social, economic, and religious background. Both of these work best in tandem.

There aren't really any problems with this book that couldn't be solved by a good editor or proofreader. There are many examples of sentences which show that the author is not a native English speaker and display rather an excess of punctuation. Such as from the Introduction: "Do we stay silent for the fifth century and make do with what we have, which is very little, or try, according to historians, to do a reading against the grain?" The introduction also gets the chapters wrong. He says that the chapter order is 1. Political, 2. Religious, 3. Economic, 4. Sociological, and 5. Textural. In reality the chapters go 1. Political, 2. Social, 3. Religious, 4. Textural, 5. Economic. This isn't a particularly major problem here but it is symptomatic of a greater lack of care and attention to detail throughout the book. I actually think that the publishers are more to blame for this than the author since they are a small printing company and seem to be filled with Iranian speakers. As such they are unlikely to do as thorough a job of proofreading as a larger publisher would.

The first chapter is a political narrative of Sassanian history. Dr. Daryaee has really been quite lazy here since it is nothing but an abbreviation of his first book. It provides nothing new and in many cases even includes the exact same wording. Here's page 25 from that book: "What was the lie? In effect, although Philip had promised to allow the Iranian control of Armenia, he did not actually cede Armenia to the Sasanians." Compare that with page 7 of this book: "What was this lie? In effect, although Philip had promised to give Iranians control over Armenia, he did not cede Armenia to the Sasanians." One or two words changed is still paraphrasing. If it wasn't his own work that he copied this would be plagiarism. As it is it's just very lazy. How hard would it be to rewrite the entire section? If you've got the time or the money I'd recommend that book over this chapter. This one abbreviates the other a bit too much and is unclear in several sections. But reading both will gain you nothing. It's about half the length and contains the same information.

As with his last book there are several anti-Western comments and complaints of prejudice, but they are so toned down that I probably wouldn't have even noticed them if I hadn't read that book first. This makes the book that much more readable since, let's face it, nobody likes to hear foreigners tell them how bad they are. Especially when they're unfair about it and especially when they're from places like Iran which, as you may know, doesn't have the greatest of governments right now. So well done on that score. Hopefully Dr. Daryaee will follow through on his promise to write a more in depth work about some of the topics covered in here because I would very much like to read it. This work is really just an introduction to the Sassanians and hopefully there will be more to come.
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Antiquity and Persian History 18 décembre 2009
Par Farhad Shah Hosseini - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I purchased this book while attending joint a lecture by Professor Daryaee and Professor Ali Mousavi (Archeologist). The lecture was conducted after both professors had come back from a field research trip to the archeological sites of Sasanid Dynasty in Persia (present day; Iran). These guys are like modern day Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark! Pretty interesting to know that the book was not written out of research in libraries alone and had actual field research behind its findings. Being non-academic, I still found the book easy to follow and kept me engaged to the end. I highly recommend.
5 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A much needed resource 20 novembre 2009
Par B. Banayan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This is a much needed resource for an important and often under appreciated area of study. The previous reviewer's comments seem quite baseless. He has no business criticizing anyone's use of the English language. One can only conjecture that his assessment of this work is as poor as his own grammar and syntax.
1 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
excellent book 19 novembre 2012
Par xnm - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This is an excellent book for anyone who wants to know more about the Sasanian Period. It is the first book that I read on this topic and it satisfied my curiousity on the topic. As an Iranian, I wanted to know more about my ancestors in this time period, and this book did the job. I recommend to all who are interested in knowing more about this period.
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