Persia and the West
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In the 6th century BCE, with no local tradition to guide them, Cyrus the Great and Darius, kings of the Achaemenid Persian Empire, had to devise a new style of monumental architecture and sculpture with which to express their mastery of the known world. In time Darius created a style of Persian court art and architecture derived from the practices of his subject peoples: Ionian Greeks, Lydians, Mesopotamians and Egyptians. In this scholarly study, Boardman seeks to trace these sources.