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Preliminary List of Supplemental Teaching Material




(E, S, and I denote the suitability of the material for students of elementary school, students of secondary school, and for instructors, respectively)



  1. Allen, Lindsay.  The Persian Empire: a History, London, 2005. (S)

  2. Brosius, Maria.  The Persians: an Introduction, London, 2006. (S)


3. Burgan, Micheal.  Empires of Ancient Persia ( Great Empires of the past),  Chelsea House Publications: 1 edition, 2009. (S)


4. Curtis, J. and N. Tallis (eds.).  Forgotten Empire: The World of Ancient Persia.  UC Press: 2005. (S)


5. Kuhrt, Amélie.  The Persian Empire: A Corpus of Sources from the Achaemenid Period.  London and New York: Routledge, 2010. (I)



6. MacGregor, Neil.  A History of the World in 100 Objects, Viking Adult, 2011. (S)


7. Price, Massoume, Ancient Iran, Anahita Productions Ltd, 2008. (E)


8. The Splendour of Iran, Vol I, Booth-Clibborn, 2001. (S)


9. Stronach, David et al.  Ancient Iran from the Air, Philipp von Zabern Verlag, Darmstadt, 2012. (I)


10. Wiesehofer, Josef.  Ancient Persia from 550 BC to 650 AD (English trans.

of  German, 1993 original), London, 1996. (S)




Audiovisual Material/Links:

  1. The Persian Empire, John Lee. http://www.thegreatcourses.com/tgc/courses/course_detail.aspx?cid=3117

2.  Engineering An Empire DVD, Vol. III (Gt. Britain, The Persians, The Maya).


3.  A Passage to Ancient Persian History and Civilization, Touraj Daryaee.



4. The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History at the Met:  http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/acha/hd_acha.htm

5. A History of the World (The British Museum/BBC), the Oxus chariot (downloadable):  http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/sbCfsq5kSFaknMhxuK9zow

6. "TED" talk on the Cyrus cylinder by Neil MacGregor, Dir. British Museum:  http://www.ted.com/talks/neil_macgregor_2600_years_of_history_in_one_object.html

7. http://www.iranchamber.com/art/articles/art_of_achaemenids.php

8. Online catalog of photographs taken by the U of Chicago expedition at Persepolis: http://oi.uchicago.edu/museum/collections/pa/persepolis/

9. British Museum-- The Oxus Treasure:



10. Musée du Louvre (Paris):



11. Persepolis Fortification Archive (University of Chicago):



12. Communication, Language, and Power in the Achaemenid Empire: