Rome and Parthia: Power politics and diplomacy across cultural frontiers

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Historically the gateways to appreciate Persian and Parthian culture were limited until the modern period: these 'foreign' cultures were read through Greek, Roman, Christian or Byzantine viewpoints. However, this did not exclude the practical development of patterns of protocol and diplomacy that allowed these empires to communicate, if not really understand each other. Later on, Medieval Persia and the emerging modern state of Iran would be once again seen through the lens of European geopolitical needs and the Great Game played out between Russian and English interests. This occurred even as Iran carried forward a modified Hellenistic learning and its own unique Persian culture to influence both the Islamic and European worlds. Ironically, the lessons of power projection in the context of racial stereotyping across differing cultural regions was not always retained by Roman leaders, even after centuries of bitter experience and decades of pragmatic accommodation. In the 21st century there are even fewer excuses for failing to understand cultural frontiers as sources of threat and misinterpretation when engaging in distant wars aimed as securing some kind of global 'peace'.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGold Coast, Qld
PublisherBond University
Number of pages40
ISBN (Print)9780646457208, 0646457209
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Publication series

NameResearch paper series: Centre for East-West Cultural & Economic Studies
No.12

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Diplomacy
Rome
Parthia
Power Politics
Iran
Medieval Period
21st Century
Modern State
Misinterpretation
Accommodation
Hellenistic Period
Peace
Stereotyping
Modern Period
Byzantine Empire
Threat
Excuse
Persia

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Ferguson, R. J. (2005). Rome and Parthia: Power politics and diplomacy across cultural frontiers. (Research paper series: Centre for East-West Cultural & Economic Studies; No. 12). Gold Coast, Qld: Bond University.
Ferguson, R. James. / Rome and Parthia : Power politics and diplomacy across cultural frontiers. Gold Coast, Qld : Bond University, 2005. 40 p. (Research paper series: Centre for East-West Cultural & Economic Studies; 12).
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Ferguson, RJ 2005, Rome and Parthia: Power politics and diplomacy across cultural frontiers. Research paper series: Centre for East-West Cultural & Economic Studies, no. 12, Bond University, Gold Coast, Qld.

Rome and Parthia : Power politics and diplomacy across cultural frontiers. / Ferguson, R. James.

Gold Coast, Qld : Bond University, 2005. 40 p. (Research paper series: Centre for East-West Cultural & Economic Studies; No. 12).

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