Greeks and Parthians in Mesopotamia and Beyond, 331 BC-AD 224

Greeks and Parthians in Mesopotamia and Beyond, 331 BC-AD 224

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Greeks and Parthians is an innovative, archaeologically based investigation into urban life in Mesopotamia and the northern part of what is now the Persian Gulf, from the arrival of Alexander the Great to the end of the Parthian Empire. With detailed coverage of the cities of Seleucia-Ktesiphon, Babylon, Uruk, Susa, Spasinou Charax, Ikaros (Failaka) and Tylos (Bahrein), Wolfram Grajetzki shows that for most people in the region, life and material culture were not, as is commonly stated, transformed by the coming of the Greeks. The Parthians have tended to receive a negative press from historians, but their supremacy lasted some 350 years and the archaeology of their cities reveals innovations in architecture and decorative arts, with lavishly equipped houses showing a high standard of living.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 12.7mm | 217g
  • Bristol Classical Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0715639471
  • 9780715639474
  • 1,073,157

Table of contents

List of Illustrations and Sources
Climate and geography
Dating systems
Part 1. The Historical Setting
The Seleucids in Mesopotamia
A brief history of the Parthians
Vassal kingdoms: I. Characene
Vassal kingdoms: II. Elymais
Part 2. The Places
The archaeology of the region
Charax Spasinou
Tylos (Bahrain)
List of Kings
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About Wolfram Grajetzki

Wolfram Grajetzki has participated in excavations in Egypt and Pakistan and taught Egyptology at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
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