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Briant, Pierre

Works: 228 works in 700 publications in 15 languages and 9,300 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Pictorial works  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Publishing director, Editor, Author of introduction, Thesis advisor, Director, Contributor, 956, Compiler, Other, Interviewee, Creator
Classifications: DF234.37, 938.07092
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Most widely held works by Pierre Briant
Alexander the Great and his empire : a short introduction by Pierre Briant( Book )

80 editions published between 1974 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 1,985 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: This is the first publication in English of Pierre Briant's classic short history of Alexander the Great's conquest of the Persian empire, from the Mediterranean to Central Asia. Eschewing a conventional biographical focus, this is the only book in any language that sets the rise of Alexander's short-lived empire within the broad context of ancient Near Eastern history under Achaemenid Persian rule, as well as against Alexander's Macedonian background. As a renowned historian of both the Macedonians and the Persians, Briant is uniquely able to assess Alexander's significance from the viewpoint of both the conquerors and the conquered, and to trace what changed and what stayed the same as Alexander and the Hellenistic world gained ascendancy over Darius's Persia. After a short account of Alexander's life before his landing in Asia Minor, the book gives a brief overview of the major stages of his conquest. This background sets the stage for a series of concise thematic chapters that explore the origins and objectives of the conquest; the nature and significance of the resistance it met; the administration, defense, and exploitation of the conquered lands; the varying nature of Alexander's relations with the Macedonians, Greeks, and Persians; and the problems of succession following Alexander's death. For this translation, Briant has written a new foreword and conclusion, updated the main text and the thematic annotated bibliography, and added a substantial appendix in which he assesses the current state of scholarship on Alexander and suggests some directions for future research. More than ever, this masterful work provides an original and important perspective on Alexander and his empire
From Cyrus to Alexander : a history of the Persian Empire by Pierre Briant( )

20 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and held by 1,755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Darius in the shadow of Alexander by Pierre Briant( Book )

25 editions published between 2003 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The last of Cyrus the Great's dynastic inheritors and the legendary enemy of Alexander the Great, Darius III ruled over a Persian Empire that stretched from the Mediterranean to the Indus River. Yet despite being the most powerful king of his time, Darius remains an obscure figure. As Pierre Briant explains in the first book ever devoted to the historical memory of Darius III, the little that is known of him comes primarily from Greek and Roman sources, which often present him in an unflattering light, as a decadent Oriental who lacked the masculine virtues of his Western adversaries. Influenced by the Alexander Romance as they are, even the medieval Persian sources are not free of harsh prejudices against the king Dara, whom they deemed deficient in the traditional kingly virtues. Ancient Classical accounts construct a man who is in every respect Alexander's opposite--feeble-minded, militarily inept, addicted to pleasure, and vain. When Darius's wife and children are captured by Alexander's forces at the Battle of Issos, Darius is ready to ransom his entire kingdom to save them--a devoted husband and father, perhaps, but a weak king. While Darius seems doomed to be a footnote in the chronicle of Alexander's conquests, in one respect it is Darius who has the last laugh. For after Darius's defeat in 331 BCE, Alexander is described by historians as becoming ever more like his vanquished opponent: a Darius-like sybarite prone to unmanly excess"--Provided by publisher
The first European : a history of Alexander in the age of empire by Pierre Briant( Book )

21 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in English and French and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The First European: A History of Alexander in the Age of Empire, Pierre Briant examines the revival and rewriting of the history of Alexander the Great in 18th-century Europe. To Enlightenment thinkers Alexander exemplified the West and Europe, especially in his role as the conqueror of Asia. Classical texts, ancient history, and the new science of archaeology were all deployed in the service of European empire-building. Alexander was of interest to a variety of scholars from different parts of Europe - moralists, philosophers, economists, geographers, historians, and cartographers. In the course of the long 18th century, an entirely new image of the Macedonian conqueror emerged, as the precedent of European political and commercial expansion overseas.--
Histoire de l'Empire perse : de Cyrus à Alexandre by Pierre Briant( Book )

35 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in French and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Créé par les conquêtes de Cyrus (vers 557-530) et tombé sous les coups d'Alexandre en 330 av. J.-C., l'Empire perse ou achéménide fut le plus grand de l'Antiquité. Derrière l'image négative léguée par les écrivains grecs, il faut chercher la véritable figure d'une civilisation qui sut respecter les particularismes locaux avec un libéralisme sans précédent et bâtir Persepolis et Suse
Etat et pasteurs au Moyen-Orient ancien by Pierre Briant( Book )

20 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in French and English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De la Grèce à l'Orient : Alexandre le Grand by Pierre Briant( Book )

31 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Het leven van Alexander de Grote (356-323 v. Chr.), de opkomst van zijn rijk en de achtergronden van zijn veroveringspolitiek
Antigone le Borgne: les débuts de sa carrière et les problèmes de l'Assemblée macédonienne by Pierre Briant( Book )

15 editions published in 1973 in French and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le monde grec aux temps classiques( Book )

23 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in French and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rois, tributs et paysans : études sur les formations tributaires du Moyen-Orient ancien by Pierre Briant( Book )

12 editions published in 1982 in French and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Darius, les Perses et l'Empire by Pierre Briant( Book )

13 editions published between 1992 and 2001 in French and Italian and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'Asie centrale et les royaumes proche-orientaux du premier millénaire (c. VIIIe-IVe siècles avant notre ère) by Pierre Briant( Book )

12 editions published in 1984 in French and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'archéologie de l'empire achéménide, nouvelles recherches : actes du colloque organisé au Collège de France par le "Réseau international d'études et de recherches achéménides," GDR 2538 CNRS, 21-22 novembre 2003 by L'archéologie de l'empire achéménide : nouvelles recherches( Book )

11 editions published in 2005 in French and English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Irrigation et drainage dans l'antiquité, qanāts et canalisations souterraines en Iran, en Egypte et en Grèce : Séminaire tenu au collège de France( Book )

10 editions published in 2001 in French and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Riegos subterráneos en las regiones de Oriente Próximo
Alexander the Great : the heroic ideal by Pierre Briant( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and Chinese and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Defeating the mighty Persian Empire at the age of 22, Alexander the Great rapidly conquered the rest of the then known world: Asia Minor, Egypt and parts of India. This book traces the career of the young king of Macedonia who was destined to become one of the greatest generals the world has known, and celebrates his legacy to Greek civilization."--Publisher description
Organisation des pouvoirs et contacts culturels dans les pays de l'empire achéménide : actes du colloque organisé au Collège de France par la "Chaire d'histoire et civilisation du monde achéménide et de l'empire d'Alexandre" et le "Réseau international d'études et de recherches achéménides" (GDR 2538 CNRS), 9-10 novembre 2007 by Réseau international d'études et de recherches achéménides (Paris)( Book )

15 editions published in 2009 in French and English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reports of the proceedings of a symposium held at the College de France, 9-10 November 2007
La transition entre l'empire achéménide et les royaumes hellénistiques, vers 350-300 av. J.-C. actes du colloque( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in French and English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le tribut dans l'Empire perse : actes de la table ronde de Paris, 12-13 décembre 1986( Book )

12 editions published in 1989 in 4 languages and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alexander the Great and his empire : a short introduction
From Cyrus to Alexander : a history of the Persian EmpireAlexander the Great : the heroic ideal
Alternative Names
Briant, Pierre 1940-

Petrus Briant

Pierre Briant Frans historicus

Pierre Briant französischer Althistoriker

Pierre Briant French Iranologist

Pierre Briant historien français de l’antiquité

Бриан, Пьер

بريان، پىير

پیر بریان

پی‌یر بریان تاریخ‌نگار فرانسوی


ブリアン, ピエール