Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones is Professor of Ancient History at Cardiff University. He is the author of many books and articles, including Aphrodite’s Tortoise: the veiled woman of ancient Greece; Designs on the Past: How Hollywood Created the Ancient World; King and Court in Ancient Persia, and Ctesias’ History of Persia: Tales of the Orient. He is currently writing The Persians for Wildfire Books, and is working on a commentary of the biblical Book of Esther.
Interviews with Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones
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.