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Merv, an archaeological case-study from the northeastern frontier of the Sasanian Empire

St John Simpson
Published Online: 2014-11-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jah-2014-0033


This paper re-examines some of the latest archaeological evidence from Merv, beginning with the oasis, followed by the city and finally with aspects of the urban economy. It concludes with a brief exploration of how this cumulative evidence matches that from some other regions of the Sasanian Empire, including frontier regions such as Gorgan, and the Mesopotamian heartlands, and argues that cross-regional archaeological comparison throws new light on how the Sasanian state effectively managed its resources.

Keywords: Merv; Near Eastern archaeology; Sasanian Empire; imperial economies


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