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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

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

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520290037.003.0003

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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