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Rome, the Greek World, and the EastVolume 3: The Greek World, the Jews, and the East$
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Fergus Millar, Hannah M. Cotton, and Guy MacLean Rogers

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830307

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876657_millar

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Dura-Europos under Parthian Rule*

Dura-Europos under Parthian Rule*

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(p.406) Chapter Sixteen Dura-Europos under Parthian Rule*
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Rome, the Greek World, and the East
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Fergus Millar

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807876657_millar.22

The evidence of Parthian rule in Dura includes a large range of epigraphic, papyrological, and architectural materials. This chapter reveals surviving documents, inscriptions, and archaeological excavations at Dura-Europos. It examines inscriptional evidence for building in Dura, and texts that provide insight into the culture and society of Hellenistic, Parthian, and Roman Dura. Epigraphical texts suggest that Dura remained in a real sense a Greek city. The wider context in which it functioned can be identified on the one hand as the zone of influence of Palmyrene culture, religion, trade, and military activity, and on the other as the zone of cultivable land along the Euphrates and Chabur, inhabited by a population that wrote in Greek.

Keywords:   Parthian rule, Dura, Dura-Europos, Hellenistic, Parthian, Roman, epigraphical texts, Palmyrene, Euphrates, Chabur

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