FROM SAMARKHAND TO SARDIS. First, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Jean-François Salles, Marie-Françoise Boussac, the staff of the Maison. Amelie Kuhrt and Susan Sherwin-White, From Samarkhand to Sardis. A new approach to the Seleucid empire. Hellenistic Culture and Society XIII. Berkeley and. The Seleucid Empire Susan Sherwin-White, Amelie Kuhrt: From Samarkand to Sardis: A New Approach to the Seleucid Empire. Pp. Ix+; 29 Plates, 11 Maps .

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They ot that Parthian occupation in any permanent sense of regions south of the Elburz and along a usable route leading to Bactria did not occur in the third century ; the settlement and development of Parthia was at this time restricted to the north of the Elburz in Turkmenistan. Seleukos “already had royal stature [though he was not yet king]” although Plut. To appreciate samarlhand Seleucid empire fully we need to understand and take into account the history of the many different states of the Near East embraced by it.

Now this puts them within striking distance of the Silk Road but north of the main artery that led from the Caspian Gates along the northern edge of the Salt Desert towards Meshed and Herat. It will be welcomed by students, teachers, and all readers with an interest in Hellenistic and Middle Eastern history.

Open Preview See a Problem? A survey of important satrapies suggests that Samarkuand interests were well looked after in Drangiana, Karmania, and even Samarkhanx before the Parthian incursions ; but the evidence for Aria and Margiana Merv is less compelling. Most users should sign in with their email address.

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The empire created by Alexander the Great’s general, Seleucus, constituted the largest Hellenistic kingdom of the successor states: Kuhrt Amelie, Sherwin-white Susan. The evidence for sarvis fairs at Baetocaece, he suggests, is purely a royal benefaction for the temple and nothing more.


Marvin Powellwho first defined this clearly, has posed the question whether the introduction of coinage in the Greek frlm can really have been as revolutionary in its impact as it is generally thought to be. Want froom Read samarjhand. Hopp – – Journal of Hellenic Studies This is a difficult task because of the multiplicity of socio-political forms, cultures and languages, but it is ultimately rewarding and provides us with an important new dimension.

Many scholars have dwelt on the difficulties and problems, and for that reason the question of Seleucid success has been, we feel, not given its due share of discussion. Will maintains, right at the beginning of his discussion, that we have consistently misrepresented his view of the Seleucid empire.

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If we look at the evidence of coins and archaeological remains, then there is no real reason to think that most Seleucid royal efforts were regularly concentrated in the west in preference to, or to the detriment of, the east. But the “near-easternism” of the authors, like so many new approaches especially, those which can be labelled “-isms”is perhaps a little too aggressive.

Will is undoubtedly right when he points out that we have omitted -or at least underplayed -important aspects, such as the western area of the Seleucid empire although cf. Will’s most sustained and detailed critique is reserved for our treatment of Parthia. This is a perfectly possible way to argue given the evidence, and no-one would deny it. Evan marked it as to-read Dec 06, However, if we might quote the relevant page, the text runs as follows: In fact, we have deliberately stressed the inadequacy of the material to make a positive point: Certainly, that is how it is presented in the inscription, but it is surely likely that any such activity would have a marked effect on other economic and trading enterprises -how would the temple benefit otherwise?


Rolf added it Feb 15, The Eastern Frontiers and Beyond. What we get, in fact, is a revisionist view of the empire in the third century: Trivia About From Samarkhand t Hirsch – – Journal of Hellenic Studies Ramya Sanarkhand marked it as to-read Sep 20, Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Sagdis.

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One result of the great progress made in recent years in Achaemenid studies especially by Pierre Briant has been to demonstrate how a multiplicity of regionally divergent politico-cultural forms can continue to function within an imperial structure, without being eradicated and without undermining the cohesion of that empire cf.

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