The Hellenistic far east : archaeology, language, and identity in Greek Central Asia. (Book, 2016) [WorldCat.org]
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The Hellenistic far east : archaeology, language, and identity in Greek Central Asia.

Author: Rachel Mairs
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2016-[2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First paperback printingView all editions and formats
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In the aftermath of Alexander the Great's conquests in the late fourth century BC, 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rachel Mairs
ISBN: 9780520292468 0520292464 9780520281271 0520281276
OCLC Number: 1010032243
Notes: Originally published: 2014. - Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description: xiii, 231 Seiten : Illustrationen ; 23 cm

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In the aftermath of Alexander the Great's conquests in the late fourth century BC, 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 from 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."

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