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Thursday, July 03, 2008

As Promised - about Parthians

I don't know I want to write about Parthians. Perhabs because they were rulers of the long forgotten Empire. A country which history is still eclipsed by other ancient empires, like those of Sassanids after them. Parthians were great multiculturalists of their day, integrating Hellenistic and Central Asian culture into one unique culture. Most of all I write about Parthian Empire because i had visited its capital Nisa, whose ruins are located in Turkmenistan desert.

At the height of its power, the Parthian Empire covered all of Iran proper, as well as regions of the modern countries of Armenia, Iraq, Georgia, eastern Turkey, eastern Syria, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Kuwait, the Persian Gulf, the coast of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and the UAE[3]. The Parthian empire was led by the Arsacid dynasty, which reunited and ruled over the Iranian plateau, after defeating and disposing the Hellenistic Seleucid Empire, beginning in the late 3rd century BC, and intermittently controlled Mesopotamia between 150 BC and 224 AD. It was the third native dynasty of ancient Iran (after the Median and the Achaemenid dynasties). Parthia had many wars with the Roman Empire.

1 comment:

Riri said...

Random I tell ya! Next!