The Culture of Parthian Nisa between Steppe and Empire


in After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam

Published by British Academy

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263846
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734113 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Culture of Parthian Nisa between Steppe and Empire

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This chapter examines the culture of the Parthian fortress of Old Nisa. It suggests that the very existence of a monumental complex such as that at Old Nisa, built by royal command, is indicative of a profound process of change in the new ruling class. The chapter explores the actual foundation and location of Nisa and explains that the recent excavations increasingly support the hypothesis that the complex of Old Nisa probably functioned as a sanctuary for Arsacid kings.

Keywords: Old Nisa; Parthian fortress; ruling class; Arsacid kings; monumental complex; sanctuary

Chapter.  5404 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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