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Iranian ExpanseTransforming Royal Identity through Architecture, Landscape, and the Built Environment, 550 BCE-642 CE$
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Matthew P. Canepa

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520290037

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520290037.001.0001

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The Destruction of Achaemenid Persia and the Creation of Seleucid Iran

The Destruction of Achaemenid Persia and the Creation of Seleucid Iran

(p.42) Chapter Three The Destruction of Achaemenid Persia and the Creation of Seleucid Iran
Iranian Expanse

Matthew P. Canepa

University of California Press

Chapter 3 offer a new approach to the evidence that takes into account not just continuities with Persian practice, but also the Seleucid Empire’s breaks with Achaemenid traditions. I argue that the Seleucid Empire strategically introduced stark and deliberately instituted changes in the Iranian world’s topography of power, architecture and religious traditions to create a new vision of Iranian, though not necessarily Persian, kingship. The Seleucids’ new topography of power and visual and ritual expressions of Irano-Macedonian charismatic kingship subsumed and transcended the traditions of Persia and Babylon alike. Ultimately, they laid the groundwork for new Iranian kingship.

Keywords:   Seleucid, Seleucia-on-the-Tigris, Hellenistic Kingship, Ai Khanum, urbanism

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