xviii-568 pp., list of abbreviations, 12 maps, topographical index, name index, subject index. 70 black and white plates. Spine creased, lower corner creased, some edgewear/chipping. PO's name on free endpaper. A small amount of underlining, but text is not obscured.
"The history of the crucial period from Cyrus' extension of Persian rule to Greece to the burning of Persepolis itself by Alexander the Great. . . told for the first time from the Persian rather than the traditional Greek point of view. . . The author shows how the science, literature, language, and myths of the ancients grew from the intermingling of many cultures and entered into the formation of our own civilization."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall