Fifty-Three. The Arsacid (Parthian) Empire

  1. D. T. Potts
  1. Stefan R. Hauser

Published Online: 26 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444360790.ch53

A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

How to Cite

Hauser, S. R. (2012) The Arsacid (Parthian) Empire, in A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ed D. T. Potts), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444360790.ch53

Editor Information

  1. University of Sydney, Australia

Author Information

  1. University of Konstanz, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 14 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405189880

Online ISBN: 9781444360790

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Keywords:

  • Arsacid (Parthian) Empire;
  • Arsacid Empire, mid-3rd century BC until c. AD 226;
  • Arsacids, arousing little interest;
  • astronomical diaries from Babylon;
  • Greek inscriptions, from Susa and Babylon;
  • the Arsacid Empire, treated as a barbarian foil;
  • beginnings of the “Parthian Empire”;
  • Arsacid-period architecture, at Hatra and Nineveh;
  • Central Asian architecture, findings in the “Round Hall”;
  • Arsacid material culture, reflecting trade relations

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction: Perception and Neglect

  • Arsacid Political History: A Brief Outline

  • Major Sites of the Arsacid Period

  • The Administration of Empire in Light of its Material Culture

  • Trade

  • Religion

  • Architecture, Regionalism, and “Parthian Art”

  • Guide to Further Reading