The Persian Army 560–330 BC

The Persian Army 560–330 BC

Elite 42
  • Author: Nicholas Sekunda
  • Illustrator: Simon Chew
  • Short code: ELI 42
  • Publication Date: 25 Sep 1992
  • ISBN: 9781855322509
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 64
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The Persian Empire grew in the vacuum left by Assyria's destruction of the Kingdom of Elam. Prince Teispes captured Anshan, once a stonghold of the Elamites. His father, Achaemenes is the person who is apparently responsible for training and organising the early Persian army and it is his name that is the beginning of the royal line of Achaemenian Kings. It is a dynasty which includes Darius the Great - the finest ruler of the Achaemenid era. The army he commanded included the infamous 'Immortals', who formed the elite of the Persian army, their numbers always kept to exactly 10,000 men.

Biographical Note

Nicholas Sekunda was born in 1953. After studying Ancient History and Archaeology at Manchester University, he went on to take his Ph.D. in 1981. He has taken part in archaeological excavations in Poland, Iran and Greece, participated in a research project on ancient Persian warfare for the British institute of Persian Studies. He has published numerous books and academic articles, and is currently teaching at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology in Torun, Poland. SIMON CHEW is an experienced historical artist with a background in archaeological illustration. He lives and works in Lancashire, UK.

Contents

The Persian Army 560-330 BC The Persian National Army Darius the Great War in the West 4th Century Setbacks and Reforms

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