Into the Ashes: Punishment at the Achaemenid Court

Published: February 19, 2020

Into the Ashes: Punishment at the Achaemenid Court In Ctesias’ Persika, written in the early 4th century BCE, a number of elite Persians are sent to their deaths as a result of court intrigues. At least five of these victims are “thrown into the ashes” (εἰς τὴν σποδὸν ἐμβάλλειν). In this lecture, I will examine…

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The Eye of the King Comes to Athens: Persia in the Greek Imagination

Published: April 25, 2018

About the Speaker Dan Beckman holds a Ph.D in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, with a focus on Iranian Studies, from UCLA. Since joining the Center in the fall of 2017, his research has focused on Persian history as recorded in Greek and Latin sources, and his courses have included a Freshman Seminar on Alexander the Great. Dan’s article “Cyrus…

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