EDIT2: Checked about Parthia, this was way far from Judea, present day Turkmenistan. From the clues in the lyrics (Parthian, many gods, shaken world, lord of light etc), The Parchment could describe the aftermath of tribal defeat from a foreign invader i.e. Alexander the Great, or the end of Zoroastrian era in that region in 800 AD. "Vengeance of a shaken world" favors the latter. Two of many readings.
The Parthians had an empire that stretched all the way to Mesopotamia.
based on the clues in the lyrics, and on the history /mythology of the area that Parthian Empire stretched, can you help us find out if there's a real /mythologic people /leader /vengeance this song could be about?
I think this might be true. Personally I think the theory that makes the most sense is that this is about the rise of Christianity in some way. From that you might be able to make a case for it referencing Nero or Julian the Apostate, like I’ve seen a lot of Redditors do. But at the end of the day, Steve just kind of runs with this shit and if it sounds good then it sounds good. It’s also possible that he was inspired by the book of the same name but I’m not quite sure if it really overlaps into the song topic.Thinking more about it, I really think Steve just made up a story for the song, and since the music has some Oriental flavours he added "Parthian" as an obsqure reference to oriental mystique.
Fine, but how many parchments?there is very little preserved Parthian language material
I totally disagree my friend. ı have to admit I thought the same things in the first couple hearings, but after a month now it sounds great to me. IMO it is the best track on the album along with Stratego. Maybe you neeed some more listens as it takes time to get into some songs really.Anyway, this song never gets going does it? Goes on and on and on and not much happens. Weakest song on the album.