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The Land of the Elephant Kings

Space, Territory, and Ideology in the Seleucid Empire

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ISBN 9780674728820

Publication Date: 06/23/2014

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448 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

15 halftones, 9 maps

World

  • List of Maps*
  • List of Illustrations**
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • I. Border
    • 1. India—Diplomacy and Ethnography at the Mauryan Frontier
    • 2. Central Asia— Nomads, Ocean, and the Desire for Line
  • II. Homeland
    • 3. Macedonia—From Center to Periphery
    • 4. Syria—Diasporic Imperialism
    • Interlude—The Kingdom of Asia
  • III. Movement
    • 5. Arrivals and Departures
    • 6. The Circulatory System
  • IV. Colony
    • 7. King Makes City
    • 8. City Makes King
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix: On the Date of Megasthenes’ Indica
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • References
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • * Maps
    • 1. The Geography and topography of the Seleucid Empire
    • 2. Central Asia and India, with Ashoka’s inscriptions
    • 3. Western Asia Minor and European Thrace
    • 4. Cilicia and the Levant
    • 5. Frequency of royal travel, Antiochus I to Antiochus III
    • 6. Frequency of royal travel, Seleucus IV to Antiochus XII
    • 7. The Arab-Persian Gulf, Mesopotamia, and western Iran
    • 8. Seleucid colonial foundations, Seleucus I to Antiochus II
    • 9. Seleucid colonial foundations, Seleucus II to Demetrius III
  • ** Illustrations
    • 1. An elephant! Mount Karasis fort, Cilicia (Author’s photograph)
    • 2. The house of Seleucus (simplified) (Dates and kinship relations according to Ehling 2008)
    • 3. Atrosoces’ dedication to river Oxus, from the Takht-i Sangin temple, southern Tajikistan (Encyclopaedia Iranica s.v. Greece iii)
    • 4. Seleucid geography in the Tabula Peutingeriana (Bosio 1983: segment 11)
    • 5. Tryphic Heracles, Behistun, Iran (Author’s photograph)
    • 6. Satellite image of the Dasht-i Qala plain (Map data: Google, Cnes/Spot)
    • 7. Section through the city wall of Antioch-in-Margiane (Merv), Turkmenistan (Author’s photograph)
    • 8. Jebel Khalid, Syria (After Graeme Clarke)
    • 9. Early Seleucid Dura-Europus, Syria (After Gérard Thébault)
    • 10. Mount Karasis fort, Cilicia, with reconstruction of upper citadel (Timm Radt)
    • 11. Reconstructed plans of Seleucid cities: Seleucia-on-the-Tigris, Antioch-by-Daphne, Laodicea-by-the-Sea, Apamea-on-the-Axios, Apamea-on-the-Euphrates, Demetrias-Damascus, Beroea-Aleppo, Antioch-in-Margiane (After Hopkins 1972, Hoepfner 2004, Sauvaget 1934, Balty 1969, Abadia-Reynal and Gaborit 2003, Sauvaget 1949, Sauvaget 1941, and Hermann, Kurbansakhatov, and Simpson 2001)
    • 12. Temple of the Gadde relief, Dura-Europus, Syria (YUAG 1938.5314)
    • 13. Late Seleucid Dura-Europus, Syria (Pearson in Rostovtzeff 1941: 1.483)
    • 14. Plan and environs of Aï Khanoum, Afghanistan
    • 15. Seleucid semiautonomous coinage [Houghton, Lorber, and Hoover 2008: (a) #1444, (b) #2021, (c) #2185, (d) #2058, (e) #1779, (f) #2451, (g) #2471, (h) #1798, (i) #2012, (j) #2422]

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