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Median Empire

Llewellyn-Jones, Lloyd ORCID: 2016. Median Empire. MacKenzie, John M., ed. The Encyclopedia of Empire, Wiley Blackwell, (10.1002/9781118455074.wbeoe263)

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Much contention surrounds the question of whether the Median “empire” ever existed as a political and military force or whether it was simply the invention of Greek historiography that was routinely written into Western scholarship thereafter. There is little doubt, though, that the Medes were an influential north Iranian tribal society and that they exerted some significant influence within the region in the 9th to early 6th centuries bce. Nor can it be doubted that the Medes were in no small way responsible for the downfall of the Assyrian Empire, but whether the Medes filled a power vacuum in the post-Assyrian world is difficult to assess. The archaeology of Media reveals some sizable settlements, but evidence for a cohesive architectural style or for palatial buildings is yet to emerge.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
ISBN: 9781118440643
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2024 09:00

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