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Gaslain, Jérôme

Jérôme Gaslain. Éléments de réflexion sur la conquête et l’occupation arsacides de la Mésopotamie (IIe siècle av. n.è.)

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Jérôme Gaslain. « Éléments de réflexion sur la conquête et l’occupation arsacides de la Mésopotamie (IIe siècle av. n.è.) ». Parthica, 12, 2010, p. 9-16.

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1The Arsacid dynasty’s conquest of Mesopotamia is but partially known. Occupation of the region, as it emerges from archaeological, literary and epigraphic sources, was apparently mild and probably limited in space and time owing to problems often related to the status of the conquered cities. It is well known, for instance, that Seleucia on the Tigris kept its privileged status for a long period and still struck coins with the symbol of the city boulè till the first decade of the first century AD during the reign of Artabanus II.

2Arsacid policy in Mesopotamia must have evolved in a gradual, unequal manner due to local situations. It seems imprudent, therefore, to limit this phenomenon to the decades of the conquest of Mithridates I (after 141 BC). It is preferable to explain it in relation to the context of the subsequent period, till about 50 BC. This description of the Arsacid conquest and occupation of Mesopotamia, especially at the turn of the second and first centuries BC, focuses on the incongruent documentation, which often stems from an analysis of Greek and Roman sources.

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Vito Messina. Gaslain, Jérôme, « Jérôme Gaslain. Éléments de réflexion sur la conquête et l’occupation arsacides de la Mésopotamie (IIe siècle av. n.è.) », Abstracta Iranica [En ligne], Volume 32-33 | 2013, document 156, mis en ligne le 01 juillet 2016, consulté le 28 mars 2017. URL : http://abstractairanica.revues.org/40494

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