Hatra is the richest archaeological site in the Parthian Empire known to date and has great potential for a better understanding of this enigmatic empire and its relationship with Rome. After an introduction to this little known site, seventeen contributions written by leading experts in the field provide the reader with the latest insights into this important late-Parthian settlement. They touch upon three themes. The first section, "Between Parthia and Rome" contains three articles that discuss the relationship between Parthia and Rome on the one hand, and Parthia and its vassal states on the other. The seven contributions in "The City and its Remains" take the rich archaeological evidence from Hatra as a starting point and use this to reconstruct the city's history. The third and final section "Culture and Religion on the Crossroads" contains seven articles that are related to Hatra's position between the two great empires. Although most scholars agree that politically this city belonged to the east, this by no means holds true for all aspects of its culture and religion.
"…stellt […] einen wichtigen und überfälligen Schritt für die Erforschung Hatras dar."Michael Blömer, Sehepunkte 14, 2014/9