Antiochus, advancing suddenly, caught some of the Parthian troops at their barbarous work, and dispersed them without difficulty.
Two of these were Nubians, one a Parthian, the other a Spaniard.
First he had to clear away the Parthian ruins superimposed upon the site, until he came to the brick pavement of Assur-bani-pal.
He wants to go to the Parthian war, but he has not money to support him.
For my niece pretended to be shocked too much to let fly a Parthian arrow.
It was a principle of the Parthian governmental system to allow the subject peoples, to a large extent, to govern themselves.
Lucian speaks of a certain Mnasciras as a Parthian king, who died at the advanced age of ninety-six.
What wounds hast thou not received from the Parthian arrows of tourists!
And with a little nod she ran off before her indignant cousin could frame a suitably crushing reply to her Parthian insinuation.
Instead of a crown of thorns a Parthian coronet encircles his head.
1520s, native or inhabitant of Parthia (ancient kingdom northeast of Persia in western Asia), from Old Persian Parthava- "Parthian," dialectal variant of the stem Parsa-, source of Persia.
As an adjective, 1580s. Phrase Parthian shot is in reference to their horsemen, who were expert at racing forward, turning, and shooting arrows backward at the moment of retreat. The exact phrase is attested by 1832; the image itself was in use long before (e.g. Parthian fight, 1630s).
Or, like the Parthian, I shall flying fight ["Cymbeline," Act I, Scene VII]