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An ancient country of southwest Asia corresponding to modern northeast Iran. It was included in the Assyrian and Persian empires and the Macedonian empire of Alexander the Great. A Parthian kingdom lasted from c. 250 bc to ad 226, reaching the height of its influence and landholdings at the beginning of the first century bc. Parthian soldiers were renowned as horsemen and archers.


(Placename) a country in ancient Asia, southeast of the Caspian Sea, that expanded into a great empire dominating SW Asia in the 2nd century bc It was destroyed by the Sassanids in the 3rd century ad


(ˈpɑr θi ə)

an ancient country in W Asia, SE of the Caspian Sea, in what is now NE Iran.
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Noun1.Parthia - an ancient kingdom in Asia to the southeast of the Caspian SeaParthia - an ancient kingdom in Asia to the southeast of the Caspian Sea; it dominated southwestern Asia from about 250 BC to AD 226
Asia - the largest continent with 60% of the earth's population; it is joined to Europe on the west to form Eurasia; it is the site of some of the world's earliest civilizations
Parthian - a native or inhabitant of Parthia
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The preface itself in its broad outline does indeed indicate that the work which follows it will be similar to Ferdowsi's poem, in that it says the work will deal with the Kayanids, the Ashkanians (though Ferdowsi's treatment of this dynasty is singularly peremptory) and the Sasanians.