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Athens and Persia in the Fifth Century BC
A Study in Cultural Receptivity

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  • Date Published: August 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521607582

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  • It is a commonplace of modern scholarship that the Athenians hated and despised the Persians, but the claims of contempt are disproved by the evidence of archaeology, epigraphy, iconography and literature, all of which reveal some facet of Athenian receptivity to Achaemenid Persian culture. The Athenian response was as richly complex as the spheres of interaction: both private and public, elite and sub-elite. It appears in pot shapes, clothing, luxurious display and monumental architecture. This innovative study, the first comprehensive collection of evidence pertaining to the relations between Athens and Persia in the fifth century BC, aims to make this evidence better known and in so doing to argue that the social culture of classical Athens was not the monolithic construct it might appear.

    • An innovative perspective on the study of classical Greece, opening new lines of research
    • First comprehensive collection of evidence about relations between Athens and Persia in the 5th century BC
    • Accessible evidence of classical archaeology and history to anthropologists and cultural historians interested in exchange and reception
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521607582
    • length: 412 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 186 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 150 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Spheres of Contact:
    1. Relations between Athenians and Persians to the late fifth century: an overview
    2. Infusion and diffusion of alien goods: spoils of the Persian wars
    3. Cultural exchange through trade
    4. Zones of contact between Greeks and the Western Empire
    5. Diplomatic exchange: visions of splendour
    Part II. Perserie:
    6. Persian gold and Attic clay
    7. Incorporation of foreign items of dress
    8. Metamorphosis of a luxury culture
    9. The Odeion of Perikles and imperial expression
    10. Perserie: Athenian receptivity to Achaemenid culture
    List of figures

  • Author

    Margaret C. Miller, University of Toronto

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