The Sixth Great Oriental Monarchy: Or, the Geography, History, & Antiquities of Parthia

The Sixth Great Oriental Monarchy: Or, the Geography, History, & Antiquities of Parthia

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The Sixth Great Oriental Monarchy: Or, the Geography, History, & Antiquities of Parthia

The Sixth Great Oriental Monarchy: Or, the Geography, History, & Antiquities of Parthia

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The following work is intended, in part, as a continuation of the ancient History of the East, already treated by the author at some length in his 'Five Great Monarchies:' but it is also, and more expressly, intended as a supplement to the ancient History of the West, as that history is ordinarily presented to moderns under its two recognised divisions of 'Histories of Greece' and' Histories of Rome.' Especially, it seemed to the writer that the picture of the world during the Roman period, commonly put before students in 'Histories of Rome,' was defective, not to say false, in its omission to recognise the real position of Parthia during the three most interesting centuries of that period, as a counterpoise to the power of Rome, a second figure in the picture not much inferior to the first, a rival state dividing with Rome the attention of mankind and the sovereignty of the known earth. Writers of Roman history have been too much in the habit of representing the later Republic and early Empire as, practically, a Universal Monarchy, a Power unchecked, unbalanced, having no other limits than those of the civilised world, engrossing consequently the whole attention of all thinking men, and free to . . .

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