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Edward Dąbrowa. Greek: a Language of the Parthian Empire

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Edward Dąbrowa. « Greek: a Language of the Parthian Empire », in: E. Dąbrowa, ed., Studia Graeco-Parthica. Political and Cultural Relations between Greeks and Parthians. Wiesbaden, 2011, p. 153-163. (Philippika, 49)

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1The special status enjoyed by Greek language in the Parthian empire was due to the role of the Greeks and the weight of the Seleucid heritage in the building by the Arsacids of an ideological community to support their new state. Indeed, the legends of coins struck all across the empire show that the Arsacids used Greek to communicate not only with Greeks. The quality of the legends and of the engraving on coins started to decline from the early 1st century BC, and we can accordingly determine when the Arsacids no longer needed to be primarily concerned about their Greek subjects. With the increasing reliance on a neo-Iranian policy by the dynasty, the use of Greek was gradually limited to communication with large centers of Greek population in the most hellenized areas. However, Greek remained in use as official language until the end of the dynasty.

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Fabrizio Sinisi. Dąbrowa, Edward, « Edward Dąbrowa. Greek: a Language of the Parthian Empire », Abstracta Iranica [En ligne], Volume 34-35-36 | 2016, document 58, mis en ligne le 30 juillet 2017, consulté le 22 octobre 2017. URL :

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