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

by Paul J. Kosmin
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In this eye-opening book, Paul J. Kosmin explains how the Seleucid Empire's invention of a new kind of time-and the rebellions against this worldview-transformed the way we organize our thoughts about the past, present, and future. In the aftermath of Alexander the Great's conquests, the Seleucid kings ruled a vast ...
Time and Its Adversaries in the Seleucid Empire
In this eye-opening book, Paul J. Kosmin explains how the Seleucid Empire's invention of a new kind of time-and the rebellions against this worldview-transformed the way we organize our thoughts about the past, present, and future. In the aftermath of Alexander the Great's conquests, the Seleucid kings ruled a vast territory stretching from Central Asia to Anatolia, Armenia to the Persian Gulf. In a radical move to impose unity and regulate behavior, this Graeco-Macedonian imperial power introduced a linear and transcendent conception of time. Under Seleucid rule, time no longer restarted with each new monarch. Instead, progressively numbered years, identical to the system we use today-continuous, irreversible, accumulating-became the de facto measure of historical duration. This new temporality, propagated throughout the empire, changed how people did business, recorded events, and oriented themselves to the larger world. Challenging this order, however, were rebellious subjects who resurrected their pre-Hellenistic pasts and created apocalyptic time frames that predicted the total end of history. The interaction of these complex and competing temporalities, Kosmin argues, led to far-reaching religious, intellectual, and political developments. Time and Its Adversaries in the Seleucid Empire opens a new window onto empire, resistance, and the meaning of history in the ancient world.
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year 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 ...
The Land of the Elephant Kings: Space, Territory, and Ideology in the Seleucid Empire
A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year 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 dynasty. The Land of the Elephant Kings investigates how the Seleucid kings, ruling over lands to which they had no historic claim, attempted to transform this territory into a coherent and meaningful space. This engaging book appeals to the specialist and non-specialist alike. Kosmin has successfully brought together a number of disparate fields in a new and creative way that will cause a reevaluation of how the Seleucids have traditionally been studied. -Jeffrey D. Lerner, American Historical Review It is a useful and bright introduction to Seleucid ideology, history, and position in the ancient world. -Jan P. Stronk, American Journal of Archaeology
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