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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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This is a froom 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.

The authors approach this form and successful state from new perspectives, seeing it as part of the Middle Eastern world rather than solely in Grec The empire created by Alexander the Great’s general, Seleucus, constituted the largest Hellenistic kingdom of the successor states: The authors approach this important and successful state from new perspectives, seeing it as part of the Middle Eastern world rather than solely in Greco-Roman terms, and arguing that the Seleucid state is best understood as heir to the great Achaemenid Persian empire and earlier Middle Eastern states.

We would never deny that the quality of material for the cities of western Asia Minor cannot be matched by material from the east ; when Will says that we do, then we feel he is himself misreading us, as he says that we have misread sardiz.

Hellenism in the East.

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Further, grants of tax-exemption have a knock-on effect cf. Elsewhere on coinage policy, p.

It should therefore not perhaps be surprising that it is precisely in the old Greek cities of western Asia Minor that most of the Greek epigraphic material is found. Zenodotus rated it it was amazing Dec 17, LPenting marked it as to-read Aug 17, Syria — History — B. Further, we wanted to draw attention to the complexity of the process and the problems of what exactly we mean by it. One aspect that we consider crucial in studying the Seleucid kingdom is that it is an empire embracing many disparate territories and peoples.


Will argues for a difference between Parthia and Parthyene, but there is no clear or convincing evidence for this as far as we are aware. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

From Samarkhand to Sardis: A New Approach to the Seleucid Empire

Published February 15th by University of California Press. The Eastern Frontiers and Beyond. Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: Joe Liporace marked it as to-read May 21, Sancisi-WeerdenburgLeiden, The practice of erecting civic inscriptions to honour kings, private benefactors and ssamarkhand and record civic decisions is part of Greek city-tradition. Niki marked it as to-read Jul 28, Rethinking the Hellenistic Gulf: We wished very much to emphasise the inadequacy of the literary sources for constructing a political history -of course, it would be nice if we had that material ; of course, it would refine our understanding of Seleucid politicies -but the impossibility of writing such a history in the present state of affairs has been skated over too often.

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Paul Kosmin – – Journal of Hellenic Studies If “hellenocentrism” still influences the study and teaching of hellenistic sarddis — and I am not sure that it does to any great extent — then Kuhrt and Sherwin-White have done a useful service in helping to eliminate it both through this volume and their earlier work.

History of Western Philosophy. It will be of interest to students, Teachers and general readers, as well as to specialists. We, therefore, prefer to leave the question open and to await another approach aardis clearer evidence, rather than trying to construct a house of cards. Ramya Mendharkar marked it as to-read Sep 20, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


We do not have a lot of evidence for trade in the Seleucid realm except in the form of taxes and grants of ateleia. 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.

The Seleucid conflict with Rome — 8. For example, Berossos’ attitude towards early Seleukid rule is treated in a single sentence p.

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? Slavery after Rome, — Emi rated it liked it Feb 18, But this is the relevant work of a comfy sinecure with the government.

The Northern Hemisphere will be delivered from violent crimes and the Cure for Cancer will soon be found, all thanks to little old Sherwin-White.

A Quarterly Journal on Antiquity Please re-enter recipient e-mail address es. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this sqrdis Geschichte — v.

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