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Author Mairs, Rachel, author.

Title The Hellenistic Far East : Archaeology, Language, and Identity in Greek Central Asia
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 2014


Description 1 online resource (251 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series The Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature
Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature.
Contents Cover; The Hellenistic Far East; Title; Copyright; Dedication; CONTENTS; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; A Note on Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Administering Bactria: From Achaemenid Satrapy to Graeco-Bactrian State; 2. Ai Khanoum; 3. Self-Representation in the Inscriptions of Sōphytos (Arachosia) and Heliodoros (India); 4. Waiting for the Barbarians: The Fall of Greek Bactria; Conclusion; Appendix: Greek Documents; Bibliography; Index
Summary In the aftermath of Alexander the Great's conquests in the late fourth century B.C., Greek garrisons and settlements were established across Central Asia, through Bactria (modern-day Afghanistan) and into India. Over the next three hundred years, these settlements evolved into multiethnic, multilingual communities as much Greek as they were Indigenous. To explore the lives and identities of the inhabitants of the Graeco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek kingdoms, Rachel Mairs marshals a variety of evidence, from archaeology, to coins, to documentary and historical texts. Looking particularly at the great city of Ai Khanoum, the only extensively excavated Hellenistic period urban site in Central Asia, Mairs explores how these ancient people lived, communicated, and understood themselves. Significant and original, The Hellenistic Far East will highlight Bactrian studies as an important part of our understanding of the ancient world
Analysis ai khanoum
alexander the great
alexandria on the oxus
ancient history
ancient people
ancient world
central asia
conquests of alexander the great
extensively excavated
graeco bactrian kingdoms
greek empire
greek garrison
hellenistic period
indigenous peoples
indo greek kingdoms
late fourth century
modern day afghanistan
multi ethnic
multi lingual
urban site
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Greeks -- Asia, Central -- Antiquities
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Asia, Central
Cities and towns, Ancient -- Asia, Central
Garrisons -- Asia, Central -- History -- To 1500
Group identity -- Asia, Central -- History
Social archaeology -- Asia, Central
HISTORY -- Asia -- Central Asia.
HISTORY -- Asia -- General.
HISTORY -- Ancient -- General.
Cities and towns, Ancient
Excavations (Archaeology)
Greeks -- Antiquities
Group identity
Language and languages
Social archaeology
Asia, Central -- Antiquities
Ay Khānom (Afghanistan) -- Antiquities
Bactria -- Antiquities
Asia, Central -- Languages -- History
Afghanistan -- Ay Khānom
Asia -- Bactria
Central Asia
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780520959545