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The Culture of Parthian Nisa between Steppe and Empire

ANTONIO INVERNIZZI

in After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263846
eISBN:
9780191734113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263846.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines the culture of the Parthian fortress of Old Nisa. It suggests that the very existence of a monumental complex such as that at Old Nisa, built by royal command, is indicative of ... More


The Bullae of Gobekly-depe

VASIF GAIBOV

in After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263846
eISBN:
9780191734113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263846.003.0014
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter describes the bullae or collection of imprints of seals on clay found at the Gobekly-depe in the Merv Oasis. The majority of bullae from Gobekly were found in the north and west ... More


Religious Iconography on Ancient Iranian Coins

VESTA SARKHOSH CURTIS

in After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263846
eISBN:
9780191734113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263846.003.0021
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter aims to draw attention to the importance of coin iconography in the Parthian and Sasanian periods and to suggest an alternative approach to the conventional reading of the symbolism. The ... More


Fragmentation: Babylonian and Julian Calendars in the Near East, Third Century bce–Seventh Century ce

Sacha Stern

in Calendars in Antiquity: Empires, States, and Societies

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199589449
eISBN:
9780191746178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589449.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter considers how the disintegration of large empires in the Near East led to the fragmentation of Near Eastern calendars in later Antiquity. Under the Seleucid Empire, the Macedonian ... More


Dharma over Time, II: Prophesies of Disaster

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Dharma: Its Early History in Law, Religion, and Narrative

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195394238
eISBN:
9780199897452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394238.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Chapter 7 is about the two “minor dharma texts” mentioned in chapter 1: the Brahmanical Yuga Purāṇa (a unit by that name in an astronomical treatise) which foretells the decline of dharma toward the ... More


The Persian Alexander/Iskander

John Boardman

in Alexander the Great

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780691181752
eISBN:
9780691184043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691181752.003.0006
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter discusses the challenge of determining how modern Persia/Iran might value Alexander. The land whose great empire had been destroyed by Alexander did not forget its conqueror and could ... More


Res Gestae Diυ‎i Saporis: Greek and Sasanian Anti-Roman Propaganda

ZEEV RUBIN

in Bilingualism in Ancient Society: Language Contact and the Written Text

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199245062
eISBN:
9780191715129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245062.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The Res Gestae Diυ‎i Saporis (RGDS) is an extraordinary inscriptional document, an account given by the Sasanian king Shāpūr I (240-271) of his empire, its extent and structure, of some of his ... More


Dura-Europos under Parthian Rule*

Fergus Millar

in Rome, the Greek World, and the East: Volume 3: The Greek World, the Jews, and the East

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780807830307
eISBN:
9781469603216
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807876657_millar.22
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

The evidence of Parthian rule in Dura includes a large range of epigraphic, papyrological, and architectural materials. This chapter reveals surviving documents, inscriptions, and archaeological ... More


Enslaved Leadership in Early Christianity

Katherine Shaner

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780190275068
eISBN:
9780190275082
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190275068.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Early Christian Studies

Slaves were ubiquitous in the first- and second-century CE Roman Empire, and early Christian texts reflect this fact. This book argues that enslaved persons engaged in leadership roles in civic and ... More


‘Better than Any Ruined Site in the World’: Gertrude Bell and the Ancient City of Assur

Lisa Cooper

Paul Collins and Charles Tripp (eds)

in Gertrude Bell and Iraq: A life and legacy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780197266076
eISBN:
9780191851469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266076.003.0004
Subject:
History, Middle East History

During Bell’s first journeys into Mesopotamia, undertaken in 1909 and 1911, she had occasion to visit the ancient sites of Babylon and Assur when they were being excavated by teams of German ... More


Funerary Practice and Local Interaction on the Imperial Frontier, First Century CE: A Case Study in the Şərur Valley, Azerbaijan

Selin E. Nugent

in Bioarchaeology of Frontiers and Borderlands

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781683400844
eISBN:
9781683401209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9781683400844.003.0003
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

The rugged, mountainous landscapes dividing the Parthian and Roman Empires routinely served as an arena for military campaigns and violent conflict between empires competing for territorial ... More


Palaeoecological Insights into Agri-Horti-Cultural and Pastoral Practices Before, During and After the Sasanian Empire

Lyudmila Shumilovskikh, Morteza Djamali, Valérie Andrieu-Ponel, Philippe Ponel, Jacques-Louis de Beaulieu, Abdolmajid Naderi-Beni, and Eberhard W. Sauer

in Sasanian Persia: Between Rome and the Steppes of Eurasia

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474401012
eISBN:
9781474435277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401012.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

Pollen data obtained from radiocarbon-dated sediments of several peat bogs and lakes located in different parts of Iran and surrounding areas have recently provided invaluable new information on ... More


The Rise of the Arsacids and a New Iranian Topography of Power

Matthew P. Canepa

in Iranian Expanse: Transforming Royal Identity through Architecture, Landscape, and the Built Environment, 550 BCE-642 CE

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780520290037
eISBN:
9780520964365
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520290037.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

Chapter 4 argues that the Arsacids, through their tenure as the Iranian world’s longest-lived dynasty, created foundational architectural and cultural forms that shaped Iranian kingship through the ... More


Rise of the Sasanian Empire: A Feudal Integrative Revolution in Late Antiquity

Saïd Amir Arjomand

in Revolution: Structure and Meaning in World History

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780226026831
eISBN:
9780226026848
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226026848.003.0007
Subject:
History, Political History

As the last Roman integrative revolution was ongoing, a revolution was beginning in a province of the neighboring and rival Parthian Empire in the first decade of he third century. The local ruler of ... More


Peace in the New Age of Augustus

Hannah Cornwell

in Pax and the Politics of Peace: Republic to Principate

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780198805632
eISBN:
9780191843587
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198805632.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the evolution of pax at Rome within the wider display of the new age (novum saeculum), which is intimately associated with Augustus’ control over the res publica and empire. The ... More


Shifting Power: Ambiguous Status, Visual Rhetoric, and the Enslaved in Imperial Sacrificial Practices

Katherine A. Shaner

in Enslaved Leadership in Early Christianity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780190275068
eISBN:
9780190275082
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190275068.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Early Christian Studies

This chapter explores differences between rhetorics of sacrifice in inscriptional evidence in Ephesos and in imperial depictions. Different rhetorics around configurations of sacrificial personnel ... More


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