The Parthian and Early Sasanian Empires: Adaptation and Expansion [Paperback]

Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis(Editor); Michael Alram(Editor); Touraj Daryaee(Editor); Elizabeth Pendleton(Editor)

ISBN: 9781785709623 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: British Institute of Persian Studies, Archaeological Monograph Series | Volume: 5 | Year of Publication: 2017 | Language: English 160p, H11.2 x W8.9,
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The Parthian and Early Sasanian Empires


Although much of the primary information about the Parthian period comes from coins, there has been much new research undertaken over the past few decades into wider aspects of both the Parthian and Sassanian Empires including the Arsacid Parthians, and their material culture. Despite a change of ruling dynasty, the two empires were closely connected and cannot be regarded as totally separate entities. The continuation of Parthian influence particularly into the early Sasanian period cannot be disputed. An historic lack of detailed information arose partly through the relative lack of excavated archaeological sites dating to the Parthian period in Iran and western scholars’ lack of knowledge of recent excavations and their results that are usually published in Persian, coupled with the inevitable difficulties for academic research engendered by the recent political situation in the region. Although an attempt has been made by several scholars in the west to place this important Iranian dynasty in its proper cultural context, the traditional GrecoRoman influenced approach is still prevalent. The present volume presents 15 papers covering various aspects of Parthian and early Sasanian history, material culture, linguistics and religion which demonstrate a rich surviving heritage and provide many new insights into ideology, royal genealogy, social organization, military tactics, linguistic developments and trading contacts.

Table of Contents

Jérôme Gaslain
Some aspects of political history: early Arsacid kings and the Seleucids

M. Rahim Shayegan
The Arsacids and Commagene

Marek Jan Olbrycht
Dynastic connections in the Arsacid empire and the origins of the House of Sāsān

Touraj Daryaee
From terror to tactical usage: elephants in the Partho-Sasanian Period

Mehrdad Ghodrat-Dizaji
Remarks on the location of the province of Parthia in the Sasanian period

Andrea Gariboldi
The birth of the Sasanian monarchy in western sources

Antonio Panaino
Kirdēr and the re-organisation of Persian Mazdeism

Rika Gyselen
The Parthian language in early Sasanian times

Khodadad Rezakhani
From Aramaic to Pahlavi: epigraphic observations based on the Persis coin series

Daryoosh Akbarzadeh
Parthian Studies: Two New Notes

Antonio Invernizzi
A Note on Architectural Traditions in Arsacid Parthia: The Round Hall at Nisa

Barbara Kaim
Women, dance and the hunt: splendour and pleasures of court life in Arsacid and early Sasanian art

Pierre-Yves Boillet
Quantifying monetary production: Ecbatana and Media in Parthian times

Nikolaus Schindel
The coinages of Paradan and Sind in the context of Kushan and Kushano-Sasanian numismatics

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"“...there can be little doubt that the combination of historical, archaeological, numismatic, and linguistic approaches has led to this state-of-the-art volume in Parthian Studies.”"

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