The Parthian and Early Sasanian Empires: Adaptation and expansion [Hardback]

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

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ISBN: 9781785702075 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: British Institute of Persian Studies Archaeological Monograph Series | Volume: 5 | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English 160p, H285 x W225 (mm)



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The Parthian and Early Sasanian Empires

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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 Sasanian 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 organisation, military tactics, linguistic developments and trading contacts.

Table of Contents

HISTORICAL
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
 
 
LINGUISTIC
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
 
ARCHAEOLOGICAL
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
 
NUMISMATICS
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

Reviews & Quotes

"...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."
Antonio Battagliotti
Open History (03/08/2017)

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