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

Wolfram Grajetzki

Anno: 2011
Rilegatura: Paperback / softback
Pagine: 128 p.
Testo in English
Dimensioni: 234 x 156 mm
Peso: 217 gr.
  • EAN: 9780715639474
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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.