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Robartus J. Van Der Spek

« The Size and Significance of the Babylonian Temples under the Successors », in : Pierre Briant, Francis Joannès, éds., La transition entre l’empire achéménide et les royaumes hellénistiques (vers 350-300 av. J.-C.). Actes du colloque au Collège de France (22-23 novembre 2004), Paris, 2006, pp. 261-307. (Persika 9)

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1Later classical sources often described Babylon, its palaces and its temples, which astonished [– or ‘as astonishing] Alexander and his successors by their magnificence. In this paper the features of the city during the Hellenistic period are also investigated by the reading of relevant cuneiform documents, in order to recover the attitude of the Seleucid sovereigns towards this major Mesopotamian capital. As is well known, the foundation of Seleucia on the Tigris did not affect the ancient glory of Babylon and the Author rightly points out the liberal policy of Seleucus I and Antiochus I, who paid respect to the Mesopotamian tradition and restored or rebuilt ancient sanctuaries; this is testified by cuneiform sources, where particularly the latter sovereign is designated as the caretaker of Esagila and Ezida.

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Vito Messina. Robartus J. Van Der Spek, « « The Size and Significance of the Babylonian Temples under the Successors », in : Pierre Briant, Francis Joannès, éds., La transition entre l’empire achéménide et les royaumes hellénistiques (vers 350-300 av. J.-C.). Actes du colloque au Collège de France (22-23 novembre 2004), Paris, 2006, pp. 261-307. (Persika 9) », Abstracta Iranica [Online], Volume 29 | 2008, document 134, Online since 15 September 2008, connection on 25 February 2021. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/abstractairanica/27182 ; DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/abstractairanica.27182

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