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Seleucid empire

Ceccarelli, P; (2016) Seleucid empire. In: The Encyclopedia of Empire. (pp. 1-6). Wiley: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

The Seleucids conquered and then controlled for c.200 years (312–64 bce) a territory that was remarkably vast and diverse, culturally, linguistically, and ethnically. Theirs was a personal monarchy, based on the king's individual charisma and on military success. However, through their colonial foundations; the establishment (or takeover) of a complex administrative network, aimed not only at the extraction of surplus by means of taxation but also at provision of services; the creation of a unified Seleucid era; a centralized ruler cult; and flexible dealing with the various groups (communities, cities, dynasts, temple states) that composed the empire, the Seleucids managed to root themselves in the landscape they had conquered, intertwining various cultural traditions: local, Macedonian, Greek, and Achaemenid.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Seleucid empire
ISBN-13: 9781118440643
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/9781118455074.wbeoe347
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118455074.wbeoe347
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: 3500 bce–1 ce; ancient history; imperialism and conquest; multiculturalism; race and ethnicity
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1477531
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