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Iranian Empires

Josef Wiesehöfer

in The Oxford Handbook of the State in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780195188318
Published online January 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195188318.013.0008

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

Iranian Empires

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This chapter explores the history of the formation of the Iranian Empires, identifying the major phases in state formation, which include the Achaemenid Empire, Iran in Hellenistic times, the Parthian Empire, and the Sasanian Empire. It also describes the key features of the Achaemenid Empire, the Arsacid-Parthian Empire, and the Sasanian Empire, and explains the factors and conditions that influenced state formation.

Keywords: Iranian Empires; state formation; Achaemenid Empire; Parthian Empire; Sasanian Empire; Arsacid-Parthian Empire; Iran; Hellenistic times

Article.  16383 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Middle Eastern Languages ; Greek and Roman Law ; Classical History

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