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Saber and Scroll

Abstract

King Mithridates I of Parthia (r. 171-138 BCE) undoubtedly inherited a kingdom that was solid and sound in both its economic and military apparatus. Mithridates took the foundation established by Arsaces nearly a hundred years previously and turned it into an empire. He marched east gobbling up lands and kingdoms such as Bactria to the east until Parthia’s border touched India. He then marched west into Mesopotamia. His achievements consolidated the future of Parthia’s power for centuries to come.

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