12480Re: [ANE-2] Re: The World of Achaemenid Persia: History, Art and Society in Iran and the Ancient Near East
- May 17 9:35 AMSubject: [ANE-2] Re: The World of Achaemenid Persia: History, Art and
Society in Iran and the Ancient Near East
Graham Hagens wrote:
>>>>>>>>Thanks for this Liz. I look forward to getting a copy.That two century Achaemenid period was arguably one of the most creative in
the long history of what we like to call civilization.
In a forthcoming article in the classics journal Mouseion I argue that the
Achaemenid satrapies in Gandhara played a pivotal role in the emergence of
western and eastern (Greek, Buddhist, Upanishad, Jain) philosophies.
Syncretic evidence supports the seldom cited 5th century BCE chronology of
Siddartha Gautama and major Upanishad teachers suggesting that they like
Herodotus, Democritus, Isaiah II/III, Nehemiah etc. were all at one time
subjects of the same empire, and enjoyed similar degress of freedom to
explore new ideas.
As noted before on ANE, material evidence of the Persian Empire is missing
in the archaeological records of Assyria and the Indus, two satrapies cited
by Herodotus as producers of great wealth for the Persian treasury. What
material evidence in there in Gandhara of the people who lived and worked
there under Persian rule?
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