Introduction; Preface; Maps; Part I. Spheres of Contact: 1. Relations between Athenians and Persians to the late fifth century: an overview; 2. Infusion and diffusion of alien goods: spoils of the Persian wars; 3. Cultural exchange through trade; 4. Zones of contact between Greeks and the Western Empire; 5. Diplomatic exchange: visions of splendour; Part II. Perserie: 6. Persian gold and Attic clay; 7. Incorporation of foreign items of dress; 8. Metamorphosis of a luxury culture; 9. The Odeion of Perikles and imperial expression; 10. Perserie: Athenian receptivity to Achaemenid culture; Figures; Glossary; Bibliography; List of figures; Index.
First comprehensive collection of evidence of the relations between Athens and Persia in fifth century BC.
"All who read this thought-provoking book will find their understanding of fifth-century Athens greatly enriched, and come to realise that her extraordinary achievements are predicated on intimate contact with the Persian empire." Ame lie Kuhrt, Phoenix