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Trouble in the WestEgypt and the Persian Empire, 525-332 BC$
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Stephen Ruzicka

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199766628

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766628.001.0001

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East, West, and Far West after the Persians: The Long View

East, West, and Far West after the Persians: The Long View

(p.210) chapter 20 East, West, and Far West after the Persians: The Long View
Trouble in the West

Stephen Ruzicka

Oxford University Press

As discussed here, we can situate the Persian-Egyptian conflict within a much more extensive story of Near Eastern-Egyptian opposition. Seen in this context, the Persian-Egyptian conflict was especially significant for drawing far western peoples—Greeks and then Macedonians—into the framework of the ongoing Near Eastern–Egyptian war. Subsequent ancient history is marked by ongoing eastern core–western core conflict, with Mesopotamia and Egypt as the cores. Thus post-Alexander polarities such as Seleucids vs. Ptolemies are really a continuation of East-West conflict, as are the Parthian-Roman wars and later Sasanid Persian wars. Arab conquests briefly unite eastern and western cores, but only for a time, as the creation of Baghdad as the center of the Islamic world reconstituted a distinct eastern core and set the stage for renewed East-West conflict.

Keywords:   Ptolemies, Seleucids, Roman Egypt, Parthians, Sasanid Persians, Book of Daniel, Arab Conquest

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