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Amazon Book Lists
These are Amazon wish lists full of books that I’d love to have for research. A few of them are already on the Bibliography page because I’ve found them in libraries or digital copies. These lists are just my way of keeping track of what books I’d still like a physical copy of. If you’re feeling particularly generous, these links provide a way for you to directly support my research. Just add the book to your cart, and select “Trevor Culley’s Gift Registry Address” as the shipping address.
Please feel free to ignore the ridiculously overpriced text books. These lists are also a way for me to keep track of resources I still need to track down.
Achaemenid Books – These are the books for most of the narrative so far, dealing with the Achaemenid Empire from about 540-330 BCE.
Iran Religion Books – These are books to research religion in the Persian world. That mostly means Zoroastrianism, but also a few detailing the religions of neighboring peoples.
Alexander Books – These are the books I’ll need to research Alexander the Great, whose life will constitute the next short phase of the podcast after the Achaemenids.
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Audible Gift Membership – Follow this link if you want to giver an Audible subscription as a gift to someone else. It comes in 3, 6, or 12 month options, and is a great option if you don’t want to follow my link above for yourself. Maybe you’ve happily enjoyed a subscription you started in support of another podcast for years. This option gives you a convenient digital present and supports The History of Persia.
Great Courses: The Persian Empire by John W. Lee. A great survey of Achaemenid history with up to date research. Dr. Lee goes into art, religion, and culture as well as historical narratives, compressing what I’m trying to do in years of podcasting to just a few hours.
Creation by Gore Vidal. A fascinating historical fiction trip through the 5th century BC. Cyrus Spitama, a childhood friend of Xerxes and aged ambassador to Athens dictates his memoirs. Over the course of his life, he traveled impossible distances on behalf of the Great Kings, from Athens all the way to modern Kaifeng, China. Along the way he encounters philosophical figures ranging from Zoroaster to Confucius to Socrates.
The Parthian by Peter Darman. Exciting historical fiction following Prince Pacorus of Hatra. Hatra was one of the great kingdoms within the Parthian Empire, and this book follows Pacorus as he is sent west to confront the Romans. Pacorus is captured and enslaved, but that’s only the beginning of a journey around the whole ancient world.
Amazon Affiliate Links
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Amazon Prime Free 30 Day Trial – Amazon’s premier subscription service gives you access to 2-Day shipping, thousands of movies and TV episodes for streaming, and kindle books to borrow, among other benefits. After your trial, $12.99/month or $119/year.
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Give the Gift of Amazon Prime – If you already have Prime, or don’t want it yourself, Amazon also has the option to buy a Prime subscription as a gift for someone else, with 3-month and 12-month options for your gift.
You can also support the show when you sign up for completely free Amazon services. I know. This confused me too, but I looked into it and have actually used the Wedding Registry. It’s completely free and I get some support when you sign up this way:
Amazon Wedding Registry – Let’s face it, Amazon rules the retail world these days, and you can find a lot of great things to put on your registry here, from dishes and small appliances to luggage sets and camping gear. It’s all on there.
Kindle Unlimited Membership – This is the unlimited option for e-books and audio books. Millions of books to read and thousands to listen to available under one subscription, including a surprising number on ancient Persia. This one has 6, 12, and 24 month plans that run at $9.99/month. Like Amazon Prime and Audible, you also have the option to giver Kindle Unlimited as a gift.
Prime Video Channels Free Trials – This one’s a little different. Amazon now has a system where you can sign up for various premium TV subscriptions (like HBO, Starz, or CBS AllAccess) through Amazon video, with no cable/satellite plan required. These are all the price and conditions of the individual services’ trials and subscriptions, but all managed and streamed on Amazon. It’s very convenient if you want to keep all/most of your subscriptions in one place.
Amazon Fresh Free Trial – This Amazon’s fresh grocery delivery service, which is basically exactly what it sounds like. It brings the convenience of shopping online to your vegetables, and can be really convenient if you find yourself too busy for big trips to the grocery store on a regular basis. This one is an add-on just for Prime members, and after your trial period, Fresh costs an additional $14.99/month while Prime costs $10.99/month.
If all else has failed, and you have no interest in any of the various subscriptions and products above, consider following this link if you ever need to buy an Amazon gift card, because even that can send a small kickback to the show.