Greek Perspectives of the Achaemenid Empire : Persia Through the Looking Glass
It didn't take long for the Greek view of Persia and the Persian people to change drastically in archaic and classical Greek sources. A brief period turned the once-noble warriors into peacock-loving crossdressers with murderous mothers as kin. Janett Morgan follows this shocking trajectory through a range of texts responding to the Achaemenids and their empire. Considering ancient works and material evidence from the archaic and classical periods, she investigates the historical, political, and social factors manipulating different conceptions of Persia and the Persians within Greece.