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After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam$
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Joe Cribb and Georgina Herrmann

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263846

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263846.001.0001

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Gorgân and Dehistan: The North-East Frontier of the Iranian Empire

Gorgân and Dehistan: The North-East Frontier of the Iranian Empire

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(p.295) 14 Gorgân and Dehistan: The North-East Frontier of the Iranian Empire
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After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam
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OLIVIER LECOMTE

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263846.003.0015

This chapter describes the Gorgân and Dehistan areas of the Vehrkana or Hyrcania, the north-east frontier of the Iranian empire. The plain of Gorgân constitutes its southern part while the plain of Misrian, or Dehistan, its northern part. The chapter explains that the plain of Gorgân was occupied earlier than the plain of Misrian to the north because of its favourable hydrological resources, and describes the settlements in these two areas.

Keywords:   Gorg ân, Dehistan, Hyrcania, Iranian empire, hydrological resources, settlements

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