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The Land of the Elephant Kings: Space, Territory, and Ideology in the Seleucid Empire

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The Seleucid Empire (311-64 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 ...more
Hardcover, 423 pages
Published June 23rd 2014 by Harvard University Press (first published April 21st 2014)
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David Usharauli
Sep 13, 2016 David Usharauli rated it did not like it
Seleucid Empire existed for more than 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
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Jo Walton
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
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Tiffany Blue Thompson
Oct 18, 2015 Tiffany Blue Thompson rated it it was ok
As a postmodern style historical work it was okay, but overall the work lacked full support for his thesis.
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