Beyond the River: New Perspectives on Transeuphratene (The by Josette Elayi

By Josette Elayi

Here is a blueprint for a brand new interdisciplinary procedure that decompartmentalizes disciplines for the learn of this district of the Achaemenid Empire together with Syria, Phoenicia, Palestine and Cyprus. striking cultural evolutions and adjustments during this zone desire nearer learn: the creation of coinage and the coin economic system, the resources of hysteria over difficulties of energy and id, the emergence of city-states just like the Greek urban kind, the improvement of mercenary armies, the hole up of the Western edge of the Persian Empire to the Greek international. thoroughly new learn projects can broadly alter the imaginative and prescient that classical and oriental experts have commonly shaped of the background of the Persian Empire.

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Sapin, J. Elayi. 5. The Proceedings of this symposium have been published in Transeuphratene 2 and 3 (1990). 2. New Conditions for Research 37 In what way was the territorial organization modified by the royal estates and the donations of land? Did Transeuphratene form an administrative unit in the Persian Empire and how can we define it, and so on? These fundamental questions have received partial or comprehensive responses, solidly based or merely outlined; but whether well established or mere possibilities, they give to this new field of research from now on an irreversible factual basis and propose at the same time new ways of posing historical problems.

New Conditions for Research 37 In what way was the territorial organization modified by the royal estates and the donations of land? Did Transeuphratene form an administrative unit in the Persian Empire and how can we define it, and so on? These fundamental questions have received partial or comprehensive responses, solidly based or merely outlined; but whether well established or mere possibilities, they give to this new field of research from now on an irreversible factual basis and propose at the same time new ways of posing historical problems.

In fact, it is not just a matter of being open to different disciplines on their fringes, where the reflection on many different levels runs the risk of a gratuitous game of cross questions, ill-founded and of no consequence. We no longer really see any usefulness in quarrels on the boundaries of competence that separate each discipline from its neighbour, even if each legitimately tries to define itself in order to locate and preserve its place in the ceaselessly growing collection of social sciences.

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