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A new hypothesis on the date of the Khalchaian reliefs
Auteur(s)
GRENET F.
Résumé
The clay reliefs discovered in the royal pavilion at Khalchaian (Northern Bactria, Uzbekistan) include, within the group of the Yueh-chi royal family (the «Heraeus clan»), a diademed ruler whom G.A. Pugachenkova has convincingly identified as an Arsacid king. The 1st c. date now agreed upon by numismatists for the «Heraeus» coins, and a fresh examination of kings' headdresses on Parthian coins, make it possible to assign the Khalchaian portrait to Vardanes I or Vologases I. It is argued here that Vardanes I (c. 39-47) is the most likely candidate, taking the events related by Tacitus, Annales xi. 8-10, as the basis : Vardanes, temporarily expelled from the throne by his brother Gotarzes, took refuge «in the plains of the Bactrians», then, after having resumed power, led a resounding campaign against the Dahae as far as the Sindes river (i.e. the Tejen). As demonstrated by P. Bernard, the Khalchaian reliefs celebrate the conquest of Western Bactria by the Yueh-chi against the Sakas. If the Yueh-chi had coordinated their campaign with the Parthians, the inclusion of Vardanes among the royal portraits at Khalchaian could find a likely explanation.
Editeur
Nauka
Identifiant
ISSN : 0321-0391
Source
Vestnik drevnej istorii A. 2000, n° 2, pp. 130-135
Langue
Russe
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