This is an awesome book about the Seleucid empire, but it s not for beginners if I hadn t already just read several books on this period I d have been lost, because Kosmin expects you to already be familiar with the details Having said that, this is exactly what I wanted, it s well written and really readable, it has a wide perspective, and an interesting thesis It s brilliant about space and time The only thing I really want that he didn t get into and nobody else has either is what it meant for Antiochus I to be half Iranian We re talking about Macedonians conquering Asia, and keeping it for generations, and the spread of Greek culture and the merging of Greek and indigenous culture, and that s fascinating And Seleucus was the only one of Alexander s generals to keep his Persian wife after the Susa weddings, and so his son Antiochus was half Iranian, and he succee Å The Land of the Elephant Kings Å As a postmodern style historical work it was okay, but overall the work lacked full support for his thesis.
Seleucid Empire existed forthan 200 years inheriting the largest part of Asian territories conquered by Alexander the Great during his Asian campaign. Its history is not well known It was founded by one of the Alexander s general, Seleucus, around 312 311 B. C This alien Macedonian seleucid dynasty ruled people of middle east who were before ruled by Achaemenids of Ancient Persia. For me the most intriguing question of post Alexander s age is how it was possible that people of Middle East accepted foreign rule without much resistance. However, this book did not even discuss it as if the answer was obvious one Not really Moreover, book content is organized quite unusual way making it difficult to follow and derive any valuable information, if any It really bothers me when I see that book has an interesting title but content is totally useless and hard to digest I cannot r Seleucid Empire BCE Was Unlike Anything The Ancient Mediterranean And Near Eastern Worlds Had Seen Stretching From Present Day Bulgaria To Tajikistan The Bulk Of Alexander The Great S Asian Conquests The Kingdom Encompassed A Territory Of Remarkable Ethnic, Religious, And Linguistic Diversity Yet It Did Not Include Macedonia, The Ancestral Homeland Of The Dynasty The Land of the Elephant Kings Investigates How The Seleucid Kings, Ruling Over Lands To Which They Had No Historic Claim, Download Epub Format Õ The Land of the Elephant Kings PDF by ☆ Paul J. Kosmin Attempted To Transform This Territory Into A Coherent And Meaningful SpaceBased On Recent Archaeological Evidence And Ancient Primary Sources, Paul J Kosmin S Multidisciplinary Approach Treats The Seleucid Empire Not As A Mosaic Of Regions But As A Land Unified In Imperial Ideology And Articulated By Spatial Practices Kosmin Uncovers How Seleucid Geographers And Ethnographers Worked To Naturalize The Kingdom S Borders With India And Central Asia In Ways That Shaped Roman And Later Medieval Understandings Of The East In The West, Seleucid Rulers Turned Their Backs On Macedonia, Shifting Their Sense Of Homeland To Syria By Mapping The Seleucid Kings Travels And Studying The Cities They Founded An Ambitious Colonial Policy That Has Influenced The Near East To This Day Kosmin Shows How The Empire S Territorial Identity Was Constructed On The Ground In The Empire S Final Century, With Enemies Pressing Harder And Central Power Disintegrating, We See That The Very Modes By Which Seleucid Territory Had Been Formed Determined The Way In Which It Fell Apart
About The Author
Paul J. Kosmin
Paul J Kosmin is John L Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University He is coeditor of Spear Won Land Sardis from the King s Peace to the Peace of Apamea Kosmin has been a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellow and a PAW Fellow at Princeton University, as well as an Oliver Smithies Lecturer at Oxford University.