Announcing new mail list: Parthia-L
- Dear Colleagues,
It gives me great pleasure to announce the formation of a new email-based discussion list focused on Parthian studies. It is a complement to the web site at http://parthia.com, and provides an easily accessible medium to communicate about Parthia. Membership is open to all.
The Parthian Empire is a fascinating period of Persian history closely connected to Greece and Rome. Ruling from 247 BC to AD 228 in ancient Persia (Iran), the Parthians defeated the Seleucids, conquered most of the Middle East and southwest Asia, and built Parthia into an Eastern superpower. The Parthian empire revived the greatness of the Achaemenid empire and counterbalanced Rome's hegemony in the West. Parthia at one time occupied areas now in Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaidzhan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Israel.
Because limited written historical sources have survived, much of what we know about the Parthians and their sub-kingdoms must be deduced from the coins which provide the majority of the very incomplete historical record. But this list is not limited to numismatics and discussion of all aspects of Parthia is encouraged.
Parthia-L is self-moderated, so you are responsible for what you post -- no one is screening or reformatting your messages. The list's primary language is English, but posting in any language is acceptable and the list has only three rules:
1) Messages must discuss Parthia and its subkingdoms. Any topic related to Parthia is welcome.
2) Polite discourse is required; no personal attacks are allowed. Personal disputes must be handled privately, not on the list.
3) Commercial messages related to the subject matter will be permitted, but only one message per sale. The subject line of a commercial message must start with "$$."
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