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Darius the Great
  • Format
  • HARDCOVER
  • Authored by: J. Poolos
  • From the Series: Ancient World Leaders
  • Trim Size: 6-1/2 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0791096335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7910-9633-8
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 05/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 935
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 128

Summary

In ancient history, Darius I stands alone as an administrator with unparalleled insight into the workings of an empire. Under his leadership, the Persian Empire grew to be the largest and most powerful diplomatic and economic force in the world. After he cleverly seized the throne and quelled a series of revolts, Darius undertook a radical reorganization of the different peoples who inhabited the Iranian Plateau, instituting the practices of religious tolerance, widespread economic reform, and a fair system of law that would later be adopted by the generations that followed him in the Middle East and Europe. At the time of his death in 486 BCE, he had transformed the entire Middle East into a dominion of progressive government. In Darius the Great, read the story of his surprising ascendance to the throne, his clever diplomacy, and the military blunders that marked his ultimate place not as a conqueror, but as a governor of the people.

Specifications

Full-color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Maps. Chronology. Further reading. Index.

About the Author(s)

J. Poolos has a deep interest in the civilizations of antiquity, particularly in the records of poets from ancient Greece and the Middle East. He has authored more than a dozen books for young adults on a variety of historical figures and events.

Introduction by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Albert Schweitzer Professor of the Humanities, City University of New York; winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History and for Biography

Reviews and Awards

"...delve[s] into historical, social, and political theories specific to each ancient world leader and, where applicable, to today...informative..."


The Horn Book Guide

“…attractively presented…filled with interesting facts…smoothly written…a welcome addition to any library or history collection.”
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