During the past decades many works devoted to the ancient history and cultures of Iran have been published. Most of these works are from the “Western” point of view. The authors of the present book belong to the “Soviet” scholars. The original Russian edition of the book appeared in 1980.
The present book is devoted to the culture and social institutions of Iran from the appearance of the Iranian tribes on the Iranian plateau until the end of the Achaemenid period (the eleventh to the fourth centuries B.C), have attempted to recreate an integral picture of the history of the Medes and the Persians based on archaeological remains, the cuneiform archives, and other sources.
Muhammad A. Dandamaev, Vladimir G. Lukonin
The Culture and Social Institutions of Ancient Iran
Cambridge University Press; New Ed edition (September 28, 2004)