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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.
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(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
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(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 exhibition's central notion is that the ancient Near East was a 'world between empires'--that of Rome and Parthia, centred on Mesopotamia and Iran--but connected by trade and movement.
1882: The Parthia Evening Post became the first-known example of a ship's newspaper.
The wreath was a creation that appears to have originated in ancient Parthia.
Classicists exploring the Arsacid dynasty of Parthia and its interactions with neighboring states large and small focus here on interactions with Romans.
While touring in Jamaica, they will join forces with the American Company, which will later perform The Prince of Parthia, the first script by an American to receive a professional staging.
This aristocracy was of Iranian stock and stood by its nomadic roots until the end of its power, as has been demonstrated by Dabrowa's student Jan Marek Olbrycht of Krakow (Parthia et ulleriores gentes: Die polilischen Beziehungen zwischen dem arsakidischen Iran und den Nomaden der eurasischen Steppen.
The impressive range of Quellenforschung on display here makes Briant's work a valuable resource not only for those interested in Persian history but also for students of the relationship of Rome and Parthia and indeed for medieval scholars of the Alexander tradition and of Alexander lore.
Armies of a large number of powers in the past five millennia -- Greece, Rome, Byzantium, Persia, the Crusaders, Egypt, Parthia, Ottomans, France, Great Britain and Islamic dynasties -- have repeatedly occupied this land, fought over it, or sought to control it through local proxies.
Aside from Caesar's embezzlement of the public treasury (3.1.1083-86, 5.1.2628), joined with the shameless death threats addressed to the Tribunes who dared oppose him (5.1.2631-34), Brutus condemns the arrogant acts perpetrated by Caesar against a Senate deprived of its functions: the tyrant distributes offices and provinces according to personal whim and has already laid out a five-year plan before heading for Parthia, obviously without consulting the Senate (5.1.2612-13).