East, West, and Far West after the Persians: The Long View

Stephen Ruzicka

in Trouble in the West

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199766628
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932719 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Early Empires

East, West, and Far West after the Persians: The Long View

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As discussed here, we can situate the Persian-Egyptian conflict within a much more extensive story of Near Eastern-Egyptian opposition. Seen in this context, the Persian-Egyptian conflict was especially significant for drawing far western peoples—Greeks and then Macedonians—into the framework of the ongoing Near Eastern–Egyptian war. Subsequent ancient history is marked by ongoing eastern core–western core conflict, with Mesopotamia and Egypt as the cores. Thus post-Alexander polarities such as Seleucids vs. Ptolemies are really a continuation of East-West conflict, as are the Parthian-Roman wars and later Sasanid Persian wars. Arab conquests briefly unite eastern and western cores, but only for a time, as the creation of Baghdad as the center of the Islamic world reconstituted a distinct eastern core and set the stage for renewed East-West conflict.

Keywords: Ptolemies; Seleucids; Roman Egypt; Parthians; Sasanid Persians; Book of Daniel; Arab Conquest

Chapter.  3888 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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