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Michael Sommer

« The Desert and the Sown. Imperial Supremacy and Local Culture in Partho-Roman Mesopotamia ». Parthica, 7, 2005, pp. 235-246.

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1This paper deals with some aspects of the institutional history of Partho-Roman Mesopotamia, with a restricted focus on the city of Hatra, rightly pointed out as “a strategic key-stone” in the wide context of the Eastern Jezirah.

2In his further reading of well-known epigraphic evidence, the Author discusses the political environment of this particular area of the Parthian kingdom and the chronology of the city’s sovereigns, recalling their titles in the inscriptions which qualify them either as “lords” (mry’) or as “kings” (mlk’). He argues that the change in the sovereigns’ titulature could mean an increasing prestige for the Hatrene rulers, probably with the great Parthian kings’ consent, and he guesses the progressive elevation of a selected part of the city’s society within the strategic layout of Northern Mesopotamia.

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Vito Messina. Michael Sommer, « « The Desert and the Sown. Imperial Supremacy and Local Culture in Partho-Roman Mesopotamia ». Parthica, 7, 2005, pp. 235-246. », Abstracta Iranica [En ligne], Volume 29 | 2008, document 130, mis en ligne le 15 septembre 2008, consulté le 18 juin 2019. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/abstractairanica/27122

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