Persian Fire

Tom Holland's brilliant new book describes the very first 'clash of Empires' between East and West. Once again he has found extraordinary parallels between the ancient world and our own.

Author: Tom Holland

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748131035

Category: History

Page: 448

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In 480 BC, Xerxes, the King of Persia, led an invasion of mainland Greece. Its success should have been a formality. For seventy years, victory - rapid, spectacular victory - had seemed the birthright of the Persian Empire. In the space of a single generation, they had swept across the Near East, shattering ancient kingdoms, storming famous cities, putting together an empire which stretched from India to the shores of the Aegean. As a result of those conquests, Xerxes ruled as the most powerful man on the planet. Yet somehow, astonishingly, against the largest expeditionary force ever assembled, the Greeks of the mainland managed to hold out. The Persians were turned back. Greece remained free. Had the Greeks been defeated at Salamis, not only would the West have lost its first struggle for independence and survival, but it is unlikely that there would ever have been such and entity as the West at all. Tom Holland's brilliant new book describes the very first 'clash of Empires' between East and West. Once again he has found extraordinary parallels between the ancient world and our own. There is no competing popular book describing these events.


Persian Fire

The story of how their citizens took on the Great King of Persia, and thereby saved not only themselves but Western civilization as well, is as heart-stopping and fateful as any episode in history.

Author: Tom Holland

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307386988

Category: History

Page: 464

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A "fresh...thrilling" (The Guardian) account of the Graeco-Persian Wars. In the fifth century B.C., a global superpower was determined to bring truth and order to what it regarded as two terrorist states. The superpower was Persia, incomparably rich in ambition, gold, and men. The terrorist states were Athens and Sparta, eccentric cities in a poor and mountainous backwater: Greece. The story of how their citizens took on the Great King of Persia, and thereby saved not only themselves but Western civilization as well, is as heart-stopping and fateful as any episode in history. Tom Holland’s brilliant study of these critical Persian Wars skillfully examines a conflict of critical importance to both ancient and modern history.

A Dictionary Persian Arabic and English

To abandon A А آتش .atish zadan , To set on fire آتش زدن .heat آتش زمزم , atistlisar
, Lustre , elegance , beauty زر .Being dirty ( وسخ itisahl , ( ۲.n.8 of الساخ A , atisi
sard آتش سرد A / atis آتش سم sum , A -atishi Randa , Love . Pensiveness , me آتش
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Persia and the Persian Question

That it was not a firetemple I consider certain , from its utter lack of resemblance
to any What Persian fire - altar that exists , either in ruins or figured upon was it ?
coins . What could have been the object of keeping the sacred flame in a prison ...

Author: Marquess George Nathaniel Curzon Curzon of Kedleston

Publisher: London : Longmans, Green

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Category: Eastern question (Central Asia)

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Outram Havelock s Persian Campaign

Thus matters continued until dawn , when the Persian fire having for some half -
hour slackened , it was currently believed that they would make off ; but , to the
joy and surprise of all , as the morning mist cleared away , their army was
descried ...

Author: George Henry Hunt

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Page: 352

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Iranian studies

In fact , and presumably from necessity , all the old holders of Adarān and
Varahrām fires which survive in Persian fire - temples are of finely - plastered clay
, round or octagonal in shape , with one exception only , namely the fireholder in
the ...

Author: Jes Peter Asmussen

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The Faiths of the World

Fire phy , but more especially the introduction of Chriswas regarded as the
omnipotent organ of the Divine tianity , which ... The had its origin among the
Teutonic tribes in the plains Ethiopians revered the Persian fire - god as their old
of Upper ...

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Annual Report

That the device is really a specifically Persian fire - altar admits of no dispute , as
all authorities have equally recognized it to be such . Professi , Rapson writing in
the journal of the Royal Asiatic Society for January 1901 , published a seal as ...

Author: Archæological Survey of India

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Procopius Persian war

16 ; negotiates unsuccessfully with Chosroes , I . xxi . 1 ; accompanies the army
of Sittas as ambassador , I . xxi . 10 , 23 ; ambassador to Chos . roes with Rufinus
, l . xxii . 16 lestia , i . e . Vesta , identified with the Persian fire - divinity , II . xxiv .

Author: Procopius

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Image and Meaning in Islamic Art

In the Persian sphere , taking both the Sasanian suggested may indeed coincide
with the artists ' own and medieval ... In a suggestive link with the Mediterranean
Fire - making in Persia and Mesopotamia during the material , the figure is ...

Author: Robert Hillenbrand

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Category: Art, Islamic

Page: 320

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Arch ologischer Anzeiger

Curzon G. N. Curzon , Persia and the Persian Question 11 ( 1892 ) . ... Goldman
B. Goldman , Persian Fire ... Rent R. G. Kent , Old Persian ( 1954 ) . ker Porter R.
Ker Porter , Travels in Georgia , Persia , Armenia , Ancient Babylonia I ( 1821 ) .

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Procopius History of the wars books I and II The Persian war

16 Hestia, i.e. Vesta, identified with the Persian fire-divinity, II. xxiv. 2 Hierapolis,
city on the Euphrates, I. xiii. 11, xvii. 22; distance from Beroea and Antioch, II. vii.
2 ; Bonzes and the Roman army stationed there, ir. vi. 2 ; suggested plan for its ...

Author: Procopius

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