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Gorgân and Dehistan: The North-East Frontier of the Iranian Empire

OLIVIER LECOMTE

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263846.003.0015

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Gorgân and Dehistan: The North-East Frontier of the Iranian Empire

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This chapter describes the Gorgân and Dehistan areas of the Vehrkana or Hyrcania, the north-east frontier of the Iranian empire. The plain of Gorgân constitutes its southern part while the plain of Misrian, or Dehistan, its northern part. The chapter explains that the plain of Gorgân was occupied earlier than the plain of Misrian to the north because of its favourable hydrological resources, and describes the settlements in these two areas.

Keywords: Gorg ân; Dehistan; Hyrcania; Iranian empire; hydrological resources; settlements

Chapter.  5091 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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