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Ctesias’ Persica in Its Near Eastern Context
by Matt Waters
University of Wisconsin Press, 2020
Paper: 978-0-299-31094-3 | Cloth: 978-0-299-31090-5 | eISBN: 978-0-299-31093-6
Library of Congress Classification PA3948.C9W38 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 935.05

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
The Persica is an extensive history of Assyria and Persia from around 400 BCE. It was written by the Greek historian Ctesias, who served as a doctor to the Persian king Artaxerxes II. In this volume, Matt Waters offers a fresh interdisciplinary analysis of the text. 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. 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.

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