Political Memory in and after the Persian Empire
Silverman, Jason M. and Caroline Waerzeggers, editors
Atlanta: SBL Press, 2015 pp. xiii + 501. $59.95
Ancient Near Eastern Monographs, 13
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Description: Various disciplines that deal with Achaemenid rule offer starkly different assessments of Persian kingship. While Assyriologists treat Cyrus's heirs as legitimate successors of the Babylonian kings, biblical scholars often speak of a "kingless era" in which the priesthood took over the function of the Davidic monarch. Egyptologists see their land as uniquely independently minded despite conquests, while Hellenistic scholarship tends to evaluate the interface between Hellenism and native traditions without reference to the previous two centuries of Persian rule. This volume brings together in dialogue a broad array of scholars with the goal of seeking a broader context for assessing Persian kingship through the anthropological concept of political memory.
Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Persian Period
Review by Jenny Rose
Citation: Jenny Rose, review of Jason M. Silverman and Caroline Waerzeggers, eds., Political Memory in and after the Persian Empire, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).
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