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

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CHAPTER IV.

Consolidation of the Parthian Kingdom. Death of Tiridates and accession of Arsaces III. Attack on Media. War of Artabanus (Arsaces III.) with Antiochus the Great. Period of inaction. Great development of Bactrian power. Reigns of Priapatius (Arsaces IV.) and Phraates I. (Arsaces V.)

Kaατ ἀρχὲς ἀσΘενίφν καὶ αὐτός(sc. 'Aρσάκνς) καὶ οU1F31 διαδεῖνον.

Strab. xi. 9, § 2.

SELEUCUS might perhaps not have accepted his defeat as final, had he been altogether free to choose whether he would continue the Parthian war or no. The resources of his Empire were so vast, his command of men and money so unbounded, that he could easily have replaced one army by another, and so have pro. longed the struggle. But renewed troubles had broken out in the western portion of his dominions,1 where his brother, Antiochus Hierax, was still in arms against his authority. Seleucus felt it necessary to turn his attention to this quarter, and having once retired from the Parthian contest, he never afterwards renewed it.2 Tiridates was left unmolested, to act as he thought fit, and either to attempt further conquests, or to devote himself to securing those which he had effected. He chose the latter course, and during the remainder of his reign -- a space of above twenty years -- he employed himself wholly in strengthening and adorning his small kingdom. Having built a number of forts in various strong

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1
Justin, xli. 5. 'Revocato Seleuco novis motibus in Asiam.'
2
See above, p. 49, note1.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface. v
  • Contents ix
  • List of Illustrations *
  • A History of Parthia. 1
  • Chapter II 15
  • Chapter III 29
  • Chapter IV 52
  • Chapter V 69
  • Chapter VI 84
  • Chapter VII 96
  • Chapter VIII 111
  • Chapter IX 123
  • Chapter X 137
  • Chapter XI 150
  • Chapter XII 182
  • Chapter XIII 197
  • Chapter XIV 217
  • Chapter XV 249
  • Chapter XVI 262
  • Chapter XVII 287
  • Chapter XVIII 299
  • Chapter XIX 319
  • Chapter XX 333
  • Chapter XXI 348
  • Chapter XXII 371
  • List of Authors and Editions - Quoted in the Notes. 431
  • Index. 435
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