The Case of the Persian Riders at Seleucid Jebel Khalid on the Euphrates: The Survival of Syrian Tradition in a Greek Settlement

in Hellenistic and Roman Terracottas
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Abstract

Jebel Khalid is a Seleucid site on the Euphrates, established in the third century BCE and abandoned in the 70s BCE. The figurine corpus is largely mould-made, “Greek” in type and locally-made, but there is also a significant number of the traditional Persian riders, handmade but with stamped faces, found in all contexts. This paper briefly discusses their resemblance to the Cypriot horsemen and focuses on the survival of this figure throughout the Hellenistic period at Jebel Khalid, its possible meaning to the inhabitants and its function, taking into account variations in the representation of the rider, such as the child-carrier.

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