As it was with the pirates, so it was with the parthians; so it was even with the barbarians to the north of Macedonia.
He advises Him to seek alliance with the parthians, and promises his aid.
If the parthians were Arians, what account is to be given of these words?
And these were the honors that were paid Izates by the king of the parthians.
The parthians were wild, but the drill of the men-at-arms was a thing to marvel at.
The parthians were deluded by one of these impostors and offered to defend his cause.
When he had done so, he would send home his official account of it all; but the parthians may yet come, and there may be danger.
This palace the parthians continue to occupy even at this time.
The ambassadors of the parthians, after having had an audience of Augustus, were ordered to apply to him likewise in his province.
They at the same time endeavour to conciliate the parthians.
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]