There is an excellent new text by Dr. Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones and Dr. James Robson entitled:

Ctesias’ History of Persia-Tales of the Orient

This is the first ever English translation of Ctesias’ “history” of Persia from its legendary foundings to the reign of Arraxerxes II. This was compiled in the early 4th century BC by a Greek doctor who had served at the Achaemenid court for some 17 years.

As noted by Dr. Llewellyn-Jones, the Persica, preserved only through fragments, is an excellent introduction to a truly “Persian” history, written from the inside, and preserved the memory of how the ancient Iranians conceived of their history.

For further details please visit the Routledge website at:

For furthu rinformation, you may wish to contact Dr. Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones at the :

Department of Classics
David Hume Tower
George Square
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh EH8 9JX
Tel: 0131 650 3585

Dr. Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones at the Louvre Museum in Paris