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Stratum plus. 2015. No6

A. S. Balakhvantsev (Moscow, Russian Federation)

The Seleucid Anchor in Old Nisa




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Pages: 81-87


Excavations of Old Nisa (Turkmenistan) have shown that the Square Hall and the Tower Building were decorated with terracotta tiles depicting the Seleucid anchor. Some researchers don’t believe this image to be an anchor, while others consider it as a proof of genealogical links between the Seleucids and Arsacids as well as the evidence for the claims the Arsacids had to the Seleucids’ heritage. However, the iconography of the Old Nisa anchor is absolutely identical to the images we see on the Seleucid coins, official stamps and standarts of weight. According to the analysis of written and numismatic sources, it was only the Seleucids, who used this anchor as a dynastic insignia. Hence the fact that the anchor is located on the walls of the main Old Nisa monumental buildings proves that this monument originally belonged to the Seleucids.


Keywords: Old Nisa, Seleucid anchor, Arsacids, Seleucids, dynastic insignia.


Information about author:

Archil Balakhvantsev
(Moscow, Russian Federation). Candidate of Historical Sciences. Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Rozhdestvenka St., 12, Moscow, 107031, Russian Federation
E-mail: [email protected]

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