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Author Schlude, Jason M., author.

Title Rome, Parthia, and the politics of peace : the origins of war in the ancient Middle East / Jason M Schlude
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2020
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Description 1 online resource (239 pages)
Series Routledge studies in ancient history
Routledge studies in ancient history.
Summary This volume offers an informed survey of the problematic relationship between the ancient empires of Rome and Parthia from c. 96/95 BCE to 224 CE. Schlude explores the rhythms of this relationship and invites its readers to reconsider the past and our relationship with it. Some have looked to this confrontation to help explain the roots of the long-lived conflict between the West and the Middle East. It is a reading symptomatic of mostscholarship on the subject, which emphasizes fundamental incompatibility and bellicosity in Roman-Parthian relations. Rather than focusing on the relationship as a series of conflicts, Rome, Parthia, and the Politics of Peace responds to this common misconception by highlighting instead the more cooperative elements in the relationship and shows how a reconciliation of these two perspectives is possible. There was, in fact, a cyclical pattern in the Roman-Parthian interaction, where a reality of peace and collaboration became overshadowed by images of aggressive posturing projected by powerful Roman statesmen and emperors for a domestic population conditioned to expect conflict. The result was the eventual realization of these images by later Roman opportunists who, unsatisfied with imagined war, sought active conflict with Parthia. Rome, Parthia, and the Politics of Peace is a fascinating new study of these two superpowers that will be of interest not only to students of Rome and the Near East but also to anyone with an interest in diplomatic relations and conflict in the ancient world and today
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Jason M. Schlude is Associate Professor of Classics and Chair of the Department of Languages and Cultures at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA. A former Getty Scholar at the Getty Research Institute and Villa, he is a specialist on the Roman Near East; has published on Roman-Parthian relations in journals includingLatomus,Athenaeum, andAnabasis; and is co-editor ofArsacids, Romans, and Local Elites: Cross-Cultural Interactions of the Parthian Empire(2017)
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Subject Diplomatic relations.
HISTORY / Ancient / General
Parthia -- Foreign relations -- Rome
Parthia -- History
Rome -- Foreign relations -- Iran -- Parthia
Rome -- History -- To 510 B.C
Iran -- Parthia.
Rome (Empire)
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1351135686
Other Titles Origins of war in the ancient Middle East