Near Eastern Royalty and Rome, 100-30 Bc

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University of Toronto Press, Dec 15, 1990 - History - 576 pages

During the first century BC, the Near and Middle Easy saw a great transition from the Seleucid and Ptolemaic Empires, by way of the brief Pontic and Armenian Empires, to the triumphant Parthian and Roman Empires. Richard D. Sullivan offers a guide to the central role of royalty during this period. He provides, through narrative and citations, a context for the frequent references to Eastern kings and queens by Caesar, Cicero, Strabo, Josephus, Tacitus, Appian, Dio, and others. He also discusses related inscriptions, coins, and papyri.

Sullivan focuses on the personnel of the many dynasties which rules the Near and Middle East, from Thrace through Asia Minor and the Levant to Egypt, then eastward to Armenia, Mesopotamia, and Parthia. He studies such famous figures as Mithradates Eupator, Cleopatra, and Herod the Great as well as others now obscure. To ‘locate’ them properly, he provides a narrative history of each dynasty and draws them together in a coherent account of Eastern royal governance and its accommodations with Rome and Parthia.

 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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The Historical and Geographical Position of the Late Hellenistic
Asia Minor and the Mithradatic Wars
Egypt
Dynasties beyond the Euphrates 10069
ILLUSTRATIONS
THE EAST IN THE GENERATION OF ACTIUM 6930
The Levant
Dynasties beyond the Euphrates
The Eastern Dynastic Network
Epilogue
NOTES
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
The Levant
Copyright

Egypt

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Richard D. Sullivan was Professor of Classics and History at the University of Saskatchewan and Adjunct Professor of History at Simon Fraser University.

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