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Arsacids and Sasanians
Political Ideology in Post-Hellenistic and Late Antique Persia


  • Date Published: April 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108456616

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  • Sasanian Persia, which succeeded the Parthians, was one of the great powers of late antiquity and the most significant power in the Near East, together with the Roman Empire. This book undertakes a thorough investigation of the diverse range of written, numismatic, and archaeological sources in order to reassess Sasanian political ideology and its sources and influences in the ideologies of the Achaemenid Persian Empire, Babylonian scholarship and prophecy, and Hellenistic Greek thought. It sheds fresh light on the political complexities of early Arsacid and Sasanian history, especially the situation in Babylon and Elymais, and on the Roman propaganda which penetrated, shaped, and determined Roman attitudes towards Sasanian Persia.

    • Proposes a new reconstruction of the early history of the Arsacid (Parthian) and Sasanian dynasties
    • Presents new and fragmented cuneiform sources hitherto unavailable
    • Uses a comparative and holistic approach (Seleucid, Roman and Persian perspectives - as well as classical and oriental sources - are fully taken into account)
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108456616
    • length: 569 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus. 4 maps 12 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preamble: Achaemenids and Sasanians
    1. Sasanian epigraphy
    2. Classical sources: Dio, Herodian, Ammianus Marcellinus
    3. Arsacids and Sasanians
    4. Imitatio veternae Helladis and imitatio Alexandri in Rome

  • Author

    M. Rahim Shayegan, University of California, Los Angeles
    M. Rahim Shayegan is Assistant Professor of Iranian at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has published on ancient Iranian history and philology, and is co-editor, with Carol Bakhos, of The Talmud in its Iranian Context (2010).

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