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Best Selling Novels on Ancient Persian-Greek Wars
Pierre Briant: Cyrus, Darius I & III, Alexander and the Aechemenid Studies
Pierre Briant is a French Iranologist, Professor of History and Civilisation of the Achaemenid World and the Empire of Alexander the Great at the Collège de France (1999 onwards), Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of Chicago, and founder of the website Achemenet.com. He studied History at the University of Poitiers (1960-1965), and reached his doctorat d'État in 1972.
His works deal mainly with the Achaemenid Empire, and related matters as Alexander the Great or the Hellenistic Era. He is the author of several biographies of Persian Aechemenid Kings such as Cyrus the Great and Darius the Great and an anthology on the Aechemenid Empire. One of his latest remarkable achievements is a first biography of the doomed last Persian Aechemenid King Darius III defeated by Alexander the Great.
He is also the founder of the Aechemenid Studies.
SHAHNAMEH: The Book of Kings (New Edition)
Wherever Persian influence has spread, the stories of the Shahnameh become deeply embedded in the culture, as their appearance in such novels as The Kite Runner or its indirect influence on Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy amply attest. Among the greatest works of world literature, this prodigious narrative, composed by the poet Ferdowsi in the late tenth century, tells the story of pre-Islamic Iran, beginning in the mythic time of creation and continuing forward to the Arab invasion in the seventh century. The sweep and psychological depth of the Shahnameh is nothing less than magnificent. Azar Nafisi, author of the bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran, contributes a Foreword. Critically acclaimed, Davis's new translation of the Shahnameh was chosen as one of the Ten Best Books of the Year 2006 by the Washington Post Book World.
“I shall not die, these seeds I've sown will save
My name and reputation from the grave,
And men of sense and wisdom will proclaim,
When I have gone, my praises and my fame.”
- Abolqasem Ferdowsi, Shahnameh (Book of Kings)
(*) Summary’s have been borrowed from various well known online sources. They are only aimed to introduce the novels.
Persian History Inspires French Comic Book Masters by Darius KADIVAR
Xerxes A Screenplay by Ren A. Hakim by Darius KADIVAR
Ancient Persia's virtual absence in Hollywood by Darius KADIVAR
Persian Golden Boys in Hollywood by Darius KADIVAR
He is Awake: Close Up on Cyrus KAR by Darius KADIVAR
Official Websites of Epic Authors:
Amin Maalouf: http://www.aminmaalouf.org/english/
Steven Pressfield: http://www.stevenpressfield.com/
Barry Strauss: http://www.barrystrauss.com/
Michael Curtis Ford:http://www.michaelcurtisford.com/
Ren A Hakim : http://www.renahakim.com/
David Wishart: http://www.david-wishart.co.uk/
Photo 6: French Lebanese Author Amin Maalouf best known for Leon Africanus and Samarkand ( Bio Epic on Omar Khayyam ) is also the author of the novel The Gardens of Light on the life of Persian Prophet Martyr Mani. ©amazon.fr
Photo 7: Professor at the College de France, Pierre Briant’s work on the Ancient Persian Empire remains a reference in non fiction books on Aechemenid History. ©amazon.com
Photo 8: Abolqasem Ferdowsi ([figure on the far left in the miniature and tomb in Tus, Iran below] The Book of Kings known as the Shahnameh was the best seller epic book in US in 2006. © Jacket Art from A Painting By Aqa Mirak