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The Culture of Parthian Nisa between Steppe and Empire

The Culture of Parthian Nisa between Steppe and Empire

Chapter:
(p.163) 7 The Culture of Parthian Nisa between Steppe and Empire
Source:
After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam
Author(s):
ANTONIO INVERNIZZI
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263846.003.0008

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

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