9. Babylonia in later ages: (6th century BC to 2nd century AD)
Babylonia under Persian rule
Ali M. Ansari
4. Iran and the West
Commenting on the influence of Shah Abbas the Great, the Huguenot merchant Sir John Chardin, long resident in Isfahan in the latter half of the 17th century, noted that, ‘When this strong and noble prince ceased to live, Persia ceased to prosper.’ Chardin’s assessment has been reflected in subsequent analyses that have argued for a long slow process of decline arguably precipitated by the very policies of administrative centralization that Shah Abbas had instituted. The consolidation of authority could only work when the political will of the ruling monarch was active, energetic, and ever present.
Ashoka looks west
dhamma (‘righteousness’) now held sway, or so Ashoka believed, ‘beyond all his frontiers to a distance of six hundred yojanas ’ (about 6,000 miles). Buddhist proselytism, claimed the king, had been successful in all the lands to the west of the Hindu Kush:
Where reigns the Yona king named Antiyoko, and beyond the realm of that Antiyoko in the lands of the four kings named Turumaye, Antikini, Maka, and Alikasudaro.
East: Aristotle in the Hindu Kush
A hundred and thirty miles east of the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, on the left bank of
A Very Short Introduction
On the north flank of the Maeander river valley in western Asia Minor, overlooking the flood plain, looms the great rock of Teloneia. Projecting outwards from the Mycale mountain range, Teloneia is a tremendous natural stronghold, protected by steep cliffs to the south and west. At the foot of the rock, just above the Maeander plain, the ground levels off into a descending series of natural terraces, between 130 and 30 metres above the valley floor. Here, in the mid-4th century BC, was founded the small Greek city of Priene.
Planning the city
2 ). The city contained
2. How the Bible was Written