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The Parthians

The Forgotten Empire

This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the history and culture of the Parthian Empire, which existed for almost 500 years from 247 BC to 224 AD.


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This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the history and culture of the Parthian Empire, which existed for almost 500 years from 247 BC to 224 AD.


The Parthians were Rome's great opponents in the east, but comparatively little is known about them. The Parthians focuses on the rise, expansion, flowering and decline of the Parthian Empire and covers both the wars with the Romans in the west and the nomads in the east. Sources include the small amount from the Empire itself, as well as those from outside the Parthian world, such as Greek, Roman and Chinese documents. Ellerbrock also explores the Parthian military, social history, religions, art, architecture and numismatics, all supported by a great number of images and maps.


The Parthians is an invaluable resource for those studying the Ancient Near East during the period of the Parthian Empire, as well as for more general readers interested in this era.

Fakta

Innholdsfortegnelse

List of figures


List of tables


Foreword


Glossary of historic place names





I. The Parthian Empire: A First Approach





II. History of the Great Empires in Iran





III. History of the Parthian Empire


III.1. Phase 1: The development from a Seleucid vassal state to the Parthian Empire: from Arsaces I to Phraates I (c. 247-171 BC)


III.2. Phase 2: Expansion of the Parthian Empire: from Mithradates I to Darius of Media Atropatene (c. 171-70 BC)


III.3. Phase 3: Parthia as Great Power: from Phraates III to Vonones II (c. 70 BC - c. 51 AD)


III.4. Phase 4: Phases of stability - inner turmoil - decline of the Parthian Empire: from Vologases I (ca. 51 - 79 AD) to Artabanus IV (c. 216 - 224 AD)


III.5. Ardashir I and the newly founded Sasanian Empire


III.6. The end of the Parthian Empire - reasons for the downfall





IV. The Structure of the Parthian Empire


IV.1. The king


IV.2. The nobility


IV.3. The Parthian army - standing army - Parthian Shot


IV.4. Administrative structure of the Empire


IV.5. Parthian Queens and marriage policy





V. Vassal States and Kingdoms under Parthian Influence





VI. The Parthian Empire and the Peoples of Eurasia





VII. Cities and Architecture in the Parthian Empire


VII.1. Structure and architecture of the Cities


VII.2. Cities in the homeland of the Parthians and in Iran


VII.3. Cities in Syria and Mesopotamia





VIII. Trade and Business in the Parthian Empire





IX. Insights into Social Life in Parthia





X. Parthian Art: Art in the Arsacid Kingdom





XI. The Parthian Empire and its Religions


XI.1. General information to Zoroastrianism and the Avesta


XI.2. Iconography of Parthian coins - references to the Zoroastrian faith


XI.3. Manichaeism - religion with Parthian origins


XI.4. Mithraism


XI.5. Judaism in Parthia


XI.6. Christianity in Parthia: the proselytizing by the Apostle Thomas





Bibliography





Recommended websites

Om forfatteren

Uwe Ellerbrock has been studying the Parthian Empire for more than 30 years. His book Die Parther, written with archaeologist Sylvia Winkelmann, was published in 2012 (revised edition 2015).