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An ancient Asian kingdom to the south-east of the Caspian Sea, which from c. 250 bc to c. 230 ad ruled an empire stretching from the Euphrates to the Indus, with Ecbatana as its capital. ...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Place Names (5 ed.)

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2019

...Parthia , Iran An ancient territory roughly corresponding to the modern province of Khorāsān. Considered by some authorities to be of Scythian origin, the Parthians’ name, possibly meaning ‘banished’, may have resulted from their flight westwards from Central Asia during the 3rd century bc ....

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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... An ancient kingdom in southwestern Asia, within the territory of modern Iran. Parthian shot or shaft A parting shot; a telling or wounding remark made on departure, giving one’s adversary no time to reply. The allusion is to the ancient practice of Parthian horsemen turning in flight, to discharge arrows and missiles at their...

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A Dictionary of World History (3 ed.)

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2015
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... An ancient Asian kingdom to the south-east of the Caspian Sea, which from c .250 bc to c .230 ad ruled an empire stretching from the Euphrates to the Indus, with Ecbatana as its capital. The Parthian culture contained a mixture of Greek and Iranian elements and the Parthians were superb horsemen, original and competent in warfare....

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World Encyclopedia

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... Region in ancient Persia, corresponding approximately to the modern Iranian province of Khurasan, with part of s Turkmenistan . It was the seat of the Parthian Empire, founded after a successful revolt against the Seleucids ( 238 bc ). Under the Arsacid dynasty, the Parthian Empire extended, at its peak, from Armenia to Afghanistan. In ad 224 , the Parthians were defeated by the rising power of the Sassanids and the Empire rapidly...

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Josef Wiesehöfer

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.)

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... , Parthian empire Parthian empire The people whom Greeks and Romans called Parthians were originally Parni, members of the semi-nomad Dahae confederacy north of Hyrcania. Their Greek name is derived from the Achaemenian ( see achaemenids ) and then Seleucid satrapy ( see satrap ) called Parthia ( Parthava ), which they occupied, traditionally in 247 bc , the year with which the Parthian (‘Arsacid’) era begins; later they ruled from the Euphrates to the Indus, with Ctesiphon as their main residence. The territorial gains under Mithradates I and...

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The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism

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...Parthia . ( C. Anxi guo ; J. Ansoku koku ; K. Ansik kuk 安息國 ‎ ). A region in Central Asia, southeast of the Caspian Sea, which the Roman geographers knew as Parthia; the Chinese is a transcription of the Parthian proper name Aršak or Arsakes ( see Anxi guo ), referring to the Arsacid kingdom (c. 250 bce – 224 ce ). Aršak was the name adopted by all Parthian rulers, and the Chinese employed it to refer to the lands that those rulers controlled. In the Marv oasis, where the old Parthian city of Margiana was located, Soviet archeologists discovered...

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The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature (3 ed.)

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2011
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... The name of a district of western Asia derived from a Seleucid satrapy and hence given to the people who occupied it from 247 bc , a semi-nomadic military aristocracy, who spoke a middle-Iranian dialect. The Parthians later ruled an empire extending from the Euphrates to the Indus. Their king Arsaces I threw off Seleucid domination and established the Arsacid dynasty. They fought a long series of wars against the advancing Romans ( see Crassus ), who did not succeed in conquering the greater part of the country until the reigns of the emperors...

Parthia, Parthians

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World

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2007
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..., Parthians The people whom Greeks and Romans called Parthians were originally members of a semi‐nomadic confederacy east of the Caspian. Their Greek name is derived from the Achaemenid and then Seleucid satrapy called Parthia, which they occupied, traditionally in 247 bc , the year with which the Parthian (‘Arsacid’) era begins; later the Arsacids ruled from the Euphrates to the Indus, with Ctesiphon as their main residence. The territorial gains under Mithradates I and II not only changed their former eastern Iranian empire into an...

Parthia, Parthian empire

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Josef Wiesehöfer

The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization (2 ed.)

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2014
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..., Parthian empire ( see Map 2, Fc ) The people whom Greeks and Romans called Parthians were originally Parni, members of the semi-nomad Dahae confederacy north of Hyrcania. Their Greek name is derived from the Achaemenian Persian and then Seleucid satrapy called Parthia ( Parthava ), which they occupied, traditionally in 247 bc , the year with which the Parthian (‘Arsacid’) era begins; later they ruled from the Euphrates to the Indus, with Ctesiphon as their main residence. The territorial gains under Mithradates I and II not only changed their...

Prince of Parthia, The

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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2004
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...of Parthia, The , romantic blank-verse tragedy by Thomas Godfrey , written in 1759 and published in 1765 . If it was actually produced in 1767 , it was the first play by an American to be produced professionally. Set at the beginning of the Christian era, it has a plot derived form Elizabethan dramatic conventions and is a patchwork of passages imitating the work of Shakespeare , Addison , Marlowe , Rowe , Dryden , Beaumont , and Ambrose Philips...

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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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2004
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...of Parthia, The ( 1767 ) , a tragedy by Thomas Godfrey . [ Southwark Theatre (Philadelphia), 1 perf.] Vardanes ( Mr. Tomlinson ) plots to turn his father, King Artabanus (David Douglass ), against his brother Arsaces (Lewis Hallam Jr. ) because he resents Arsaces's success in war and, even more, his brother's winning the affection of Evanthe ( Miss Cheer ), a captive maiden whom both Vardanes and the king covet. Vardanes succeeds in having the king imprison Arsaces, but their third brother, Gotarzes ( Mr. Wall ), leads an army to free him. During...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation

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...Parthia n 'pɑ:ɹtɪǝ, -ɵɪ- sp Parthia 6 , Parthya 1 ...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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... • astrantia • Bastia • Dei gratia , hamartia • poinsettia • in absentia , Parmentier • Izvestia • meteor , wheatear • Whittier • cottier • Ostia • consortia , courtier • protea • Yakutia • frontier • Althea • Anthea • Parthia • Pythia , stichomythia • Carinthia , Cynthia • forsythia • Scythia • clothier • salvia • Latvia • Yugoslavia • envier • Flavia , Moldavia, Moravia, Octavia, paviour ( US pavior), Scandinavia, Xavier • Bolivia , Livia, Olivia, trivia • Sylvia • Guinevere • Elzevir • Monrovia , Segovia • Retrovir •...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006

... an ancient kingdom which lay SE of the Caspian Sea in present-day Iran. From c. 250 bc to c. 230 ad the Parthians ruled an empire stretching from the Euphrates to the Indus. Established by the Parthians' rebellion against the Seleucids, the empire reached the peak of its power around the 2nd century bc . It was eventually eclipsed by the Sassanians. The Parthians were skilled horsemen, with a culture that contained a mixture of Greek and Persian elements. Parthian shot a parting shot, so named because of the trick used by Parthians of shooting...

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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2015
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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2015
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2005
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Parthia

Parthia  

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An ancient Asian kingdom to the south-east of the Caspian Sea, which from c. 250 bc to c. 230 ad ruled an empire stretching from the Euphrates to the Indus, with Ecbatana as its capital. The Parthian ...
Prince of Parthia

Prince of Parthia  

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(1767),a tragedy by Thomas Godfrey. [Southwark Theatre (Philadelphia), 1 perf.] Vardanes (Mr. Tomlinson) plots to turn his father, King Artabanus (David Douglass), against his brother Arsaces (Lewis ...
Antony and Cleopatra

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Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...Antony bids a formal goodnight to Caesar and Octavia, promising that he will behave honourably, but after the Soothsayer urges him to stay away from Caesar—in whose presence, he observes, Antony’s luck fails—he resolves to return to the pleasures of Egypt. He sends Ventidius to Parthia. 2.4 Lepidus parts from two of Caesar’s subordinates, all of them on their way to confront Pompey. 2.5 Cleopatra’s nostalgic reveries about her past games with Antony are interrupted by a messenger who brings the news of his marriage; enraged, she strikes him repeatedly, but...

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