By Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones
Towards the top of the 5th century BC Ctesias of Cnidus wrote his 23 publication History of Persia. Ctesias is a impressive determine: he lived and labored within the Persian court docket and, as a physician, tended to the world’s strongest kings and queens. His place gave him designated perception into the workings of Persian courtroom lifestyles and entry to the gossip and scandal surrounding Persian historical past and court docket politics, previous and current. His History of Persia was once accomplished at a time whilst the Greeks have been enthusiastic about Persia and turns out a great deal to cater to modern curiosity in Persian wealth and opulence, strong Persian ladies, the establishment of the harem, kings and queens, eunuchs and mystery plots.
Presented the following in English translation for the 1st time with commentaries, Ctesias deals a desirable perception into Persia within the 5th century BC.
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