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Posted by: Doe3000 I would love to see more books on the ancient Persians, especially the Achaemenids, considering they ruled one of the largest land empires in history. While I enjoyed Nicholas Sekunda's earlier works, I hope he'll be able to write more up to date books on Achaemenid military, considering his earlier works are about 20 years old by now. I suppose a lot has happened within scholarly debates within those two decades.
Posted on: 21/02/2014 10:16:00

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Posted by: sassan
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Joined Date: Friday, 17 February 2012
I would like to see more things on Sassanid Persians...which is not so surprising with my nickname :-D
Posted on: 21/02/2014 21:16:00
Posted by: Kastigier
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Joined Date: Thursday, 4 April 2013
I wholeheartedly agree. I have Sekunda's Persian Army by Osprey, and am fortunate to have The Achaemenid Persian Army by Duncan Head and Sassanian Armies, printed by the long-defunct Montvert Publications. Osprey could easily come out with Warrior, Combat, or Men-at-Arms volumes covering the Armies of Persia.
Posted on: 22/02/2014 03:52:00
Posted by: W├╝rttemberger
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Joined Date: Wednesday, 2 September 2009
lucky you, i wish i had the duncan head book...at least i have the sassanian one by nicolle.
Posted on: 22/02/2014 11:45:00
Posted by: Kastigier
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Joined Date: Thursday, 4 April 2013
Wurrtemberger-Physical copies of Head's book are rather pricey,but you can find a free pdf copy on Scribd.
Posted on: 23/02/2014 03:27:00
Posted by: Kastigier
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Joined Date: Thursday, 4 April 2013
Sorry. Mis-typed Wurttemberger.
Posted on: 23/02/2014 03:27:00
Posted by: .George Washington
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Joined Date: Friday, 21 June 2013
An Essential Histories on the wars of Cyrus the Great would be a good title. Maybe some more Alexander CAMS.
Posted on: 24/02/2014 20:38:00
Posted by: scratchbuilder
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Joined Date: Saturday, 6 July 2013
I have the good fortune to own the books mentioned above. Ancient Iran was the crossroads of the known world and is very close to being one of Ospreys black holes. The MAA's published on Iran are two decades old and archaeology and the interpretation of ancient texts have moved on. Time I think for Osprey to revisit this era.
Posted on: 26/02/2014 00:32:00
Posted by: achim
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Joined Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Osprey has two excellent General Military Volumes by Professor Farrokh covering Persia/Iran from the Achaemenids up to 1988! They are not too old neither! I have both and can only recomend them!
Posted on: 26/02/2014 15:59:00
Posted by: W├╝rttemberger
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Joined Date: Wednesday, 2 September 2009
not a fan of kaveh farrokh, i have his elite series book on sassanian cavalry and found it to be pretty biased.
Posted on: 07/03/2014 12:07:00
Posted by: Gaiiten
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Joined Date: Sunday, 19 April 2009
Dr. Farrokh has been busy in writing a new serie of 3 books about the Ancient Iranians, but these are going to be published by another publisher than Osprey. The first will be about the Sassanian army.
Posted on: 08/03/2014 11:27:00
Posted by: sassan
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Joined Date: Friday, 17 February 2012
Although Im graeful for anything created on this topic it is truth that Mr.Farrokh works are offten heavily criticized(although doing at least great job in popularizing Iranian history)-and not only by people from west but by Iranians themselves.
Posted on: 08/03/2014 11:27:00
Posted by: william
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Joined Date: Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Working on my next Osprey project, I've got quite immersed in Persia's battle honours in the decades leading up to Marathon and the rather more significant campaign of 480-479. They were very good at warand are very interesting, but there is so little detailed evidence. And the past 20 years of research have really added very little: if you blinked you'd miss any revisions in a new edition of Nick's Osprey books. But what is good, and this dates back further, is that we now see a generally much less polarized view of what the Persians were and stood for, except in certain recent movies!
Posted on: 12/03/2014 21:16:00
Posted by: scratchbuilder
Total Posts: 51
Joined Date: Saturday, 6 July 2013
william: If you are refering to 300, it was vile beyond belief! I have seen the trailer for the new one and that is more than enough. If they had anything to laugh at they would be funny.
Posted on: 13/03/2014 22:59:00
Posted by: william
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Joined Date: Wednesday, 28 January 2009
That's the one, Scratchbuilder! And how time flies, I thought it was the other day I wrote a piece about 300 (see http://www.ospreypublishing.com/blog/300__a_great_war_film_or_just_cgied_abs_and_pecs/ ) and find it was December 2007.... I'll not be able to resist a sneaky DVD of Son of 300. But I know it would be a more enjoyable experience, like the original, if all pretence had been abandoned of any connection with history.
Posted on: 15/03/2014 17:28:00
Posted by: achim
Total Posts: 40
Joined Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Just this weekend, i got "dragged" by my son into the new film "300, For Glory! birth of an empire"!! This is really beyond believe!! There is no relation at all to History! Starting from the Landscape, going to the absent Armour, the Tactics of men and ships, the ships themselfes the politics of Greece and Persia....., afterwards I tried to explain..., my son got bored and I got into a rage.....!! Better stop there and try to forget this film!!
Posted on: 18/03/2014 16:47:00
Posted by: Gaiiten
Total Posts: 7
Joined Date: Sunday, 19 April 2009
Well, the first part while being funny is like a gay porno directed by Leni Riefenstahl. The second part, I do not bother watching it.
Posted on: 21/03/2014 11:15:00

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