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Title Sasanian Persia : between Rome and the steppes of Eurasia / edited by Eberhard W. Sauer.

Publication Info. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (xxi, 314 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Series Edinburgh studies in ancient Persia
Edinburgh studies in ancient Persia.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary The Sasanian Empire (third-seventh centuries) was one of the largest empires of antiquity, stretching from Mesopotamia to modern Pakistan and from Central Asia to the Arabian Peninsula. This mega-empire withstood powerful opponents in the steppe and expanded further in Late Antiquity, whilst the Roman world shrunk in size. Recent research has revealed the reasons for this success, notably population growth in some territories, economic prosperity and urban development, made possible through investment in agriculture and military infrastructure on a scale unparalleled in the late antique world. This volume explores the empire's relations with its neighbours and key phenomena which contributed to its wealth and power, from the empire's armed forces to agriculture, trade and treatment of minorities. The latest discoveries, notably major urban foundations, fortifications and irrigations systems, feature prominently. An empire whose military might and urban culture rivalled Rome and foreshadowed the caliphate will be of interest to scholars of the Roman and Islamic world.
Contents Intro -- Title page -- Copyright -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Acknowledgements -- Notes on Contributors -- Series Editor's Preface -- 1 Introduction -- PART I Surplus Production, Urban Growth and the Environment -- 2 Sasanian Cities: Archaeological Perspectives on the Urban Economy and Built Environment of an Empire -- 3 Palaeoecological Insights into Agri-Horti-Cultural and Pastoral Practices Before, During and After the Sasanian Empire -- 4 Animal Exploitation and Subsistence on the Borders of the Sasanian Empire: From the Gorgan Wall (Iran) to the Gates of the Alans (Georgia) -- PART II Frontiers and Frontier Landscapes -- 5 The Northern and Western Borderlands of the Sasanian Empire: Contextualising the Roman/Byzantine and Sasanian Frontier -- 6 Connectivity on a Sasanian frontier: Route Systems in the Gorgan Plain of North-East Iran -- 7 The Sasanian Empire and the East: A Summary of the Evidence and its Implications for Rome -- PART III Contested Territories and Cultural Contacts Between Persia and Rome -- 8 Minority Religions in the Sasanian Empire: Suppression, Integration and Relations with Rome -- 9 A Contested Jurisdiction: Armenia in Late Antiquity -- 10 Cultural Contacts Between Rome and Persia at the Time of Ardashir I (c. ad 224-40) -- PART IV Imperial Power Balance and International Relations -- 11 Innovation and Stagnation: Military Infrastructure and the Shifting Balance of Power Between Rome and Persia -- 12 The Arabian Frontier: A Keystone of the Sasanian Empire -- 13 The India Trade in Late Antiquity -- Index -- Title page -- Copyright -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Acknowledgements -- Notes on Contributors -- Series Editor's Preface -- 1 Introduction -- PART I Surplus Production, Urban Growth and the Environment.
2 Sasanian Cities: Archaeological Perspectives on the Urban Economy and Built Environment of an Empi -- 3 Palaeoecological Insights into Agri-Horti-Cultural and Pastoral Practices Before, During and After -- 4 Animal Exploitation and Subsistence on the Borders of the Sasanian Empire: From the Gorgan Wall (I -- PART II Frontiers and Frontier Landscapes -- 5 The Northern and Western Borderlands of the Sasanian Empire: Contextualising the Roman/Byzantine a -- 6 Connectivity on a Sasanian frontier: Route Systems in the Gorgan Plain of North-East Iran -- 7 The Sasanian Empire and the East: A Summary of the Evidence and its Implications for Rome -- PART III Contested Territories and Cultural Contacts Between Persia and Rome -- 8 Minority Religions in the Sasanian Empire: Suppression, Integration and Relations with Rome -- 9 A Contested Jurisdiction: Armenia in Late Antiquity -- 10 Cultural Contacts Between Rome and Persia at the Time of Ardashir I (c. ad 224-40) -- PART IV Imperial Power Balance and International Relations -- 11 Innovation and Stagnation: Military Infrastructure and the Shifting Balance of Power Between Rome -- 12 The Arabian Frontier: A Keystone of the Sasanian Empire -- 13 The India Trade in Late Antiquity -- Index.
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Subject Sassanids.
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Iran.
Iran -- History -- To 640.
Chronological Term To 640
Genre/Form History.
Electronic books.
Added Author Sauer, Eberhard W., 1970- editor.
Other Form: Print version: 1474401015 9781474401012 (OCoLC)969543817
ISBN 9781474401029 (electronic bk.)
1474401023 (electronic bk.)
9781474401012
1474401015