The Persian Empire
by J M Cook
Discovering Cyrus: a Persian Conqueror Astride the Ancient World
by Reza Zaghamee
The Persian Empire: A Corpus of Sources from the Achaemenid Period
by Amélie Kuhrt
The Palace of Darius at Susa: The Great Royal Residence of Achaemenid Persia
by Jean Perrot
by Gore Vidal
At the height of its greatness, the Achaemenid Persian Empire was the largest empire the world had ever known. Too often it is given merely a villainous walk-on part in the heroic history of classical Greece. Here, historian Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones explains why that needs correcting, looks at its cultural achievements and discusses why the first Persian empire is worth studying in its own right and on its own terms.
In this interview two celebrated chefs discuss the best books to help you capture the complex flavours and colours of Persian food. Along the way they describe their favourite Persian treats, including mouth-watering lattice window syrup cakes and rice with saffron and morello cherries.
A better understanding of Iran starts with a better understanding of the country’s history. Historian Ali Ansari talks us through some of the most influential works about Iranian history available in English.
From the 14th century poetry of Hafez to the 21st century’s Reading Lolita in Tehran, Iranian BBC journalist Pooneh Ghoddoosi discusses books that give an insight into the culture, society, and politics of Iran