Out in november: “The Graeco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek World” by Rachel Mairs (editor)

Good day everyone, thanks to be on Alessandro III di Macedonia. Today I’ve some new books coming out soon to share with you. Let’s start with the first!

The Graeco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek World

By Rachel Mairs

Out on: November 30, 2020

Published by: Routledge

This volume provides a thorough conspectus of the field of Graeco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek studies, mixing theoretical and historical surveys with critical and thought-provoking case studies in archaeology, history, literature and art.

The chapters from this international group of experts showcase innovative methodologies, such as archaeological GIS, as well as providing accessible explanations of specialist techniques such as die studies of coins, and important theoretical perspectives, including postcolonial approaches to the Greeks in India. Chapters cover the region’s archaeology, written and numismatic sources, and a history of scholarship of the subject, as well as culture, identity and interactions with neighbouring empires, including India and China.

The Graeco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek World is the go-to reference work on the field, and fulfils a serious need for an accessible, but also thorough and critically-informed, volume on the Graeco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek kingdoms. It provides an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the Hellenistic East.

Rachel Mairs is Professor of Classics and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Reading, UK. She has previously held positions at New York University, the University of Oxford and Brown University. Her publications include The Hellenistic Far East:Archaeology, Language and Identity in Greek Central Asia (2014), Archaeologists, Tourists, Interpreters (with Maya Muratov, 2015) and From Khartoum to Jerusalem: The Dragoman Solomon Negima and his Clients (2016). In 2016 she founded the Hellenistic Central Asia Research Network.
ISBN 9781138090699
November 30, 2020
712 Pages 186 B/W Illustrations
£ 190.00
ISBN 9781315108513
November 30, 2020 
712 Pages 186 B/W Illustrations
£ 35.99

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction. – Rachel Mairs

Part I: Interactions

2. The Seleukid Empire – Rolf Strootman

3. South Asia – Sushma Jansari

4. Parthia – Jacopo Bruno

5. Central Asia and the Steppe – Sören Stark

6. China and Bactria during the reign of Emperor Wu in written tradition and in archaeology – Lukas Nickel

Part II: History of scholarship

7. The Quest for Bactra: Scholarship on the Graeco-Bactrian kingdom from its origins to the end of colonialism – Omar Coloru

8. The Original ‘failure’? A century of French archaeology in Afghan Bactria – Annick Fenet

9. Hellenism with or without Alexander the Great: Russian, Soviet and Central Asian approaches – Svetlana Gorshenina and Claude Rapin

Part IV: Regional archaeological survey

10. Afghan Bactria – Laurianne Martienz-Sève

11. Southern Uzbekistan – Ladislav Stančo

12. Southern Tajikistan – Gunvor Lindström

13. Sogdiana – Bertille Lyonnet

14. Merv and Margiana – Gabriele Puschnigg

15. Arachosia, Drangiana and Areia – Warwick Ball

16. Gandhāra and North-Western India – Luca M. Olivieri

Part IV: Written sources

17. Greek inscriptions and documentary texts and the Graeco-Roman historical tradition – Rachel Mairs

18. Reading the Milindapañha: Indian historical sources and the Greeks in Bactria – Olga Kubica

19. Chinese historical sources and the Greeks in the Western Regions – Juping Yang

Part V: Numismatic sources

20. History from coins: The role of numismatics in the study of the Graeco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek worlds – Simon Glenn

21. Two sides of the coin: from Sophytes to Skanda-Kārttikeya – Sushma Jansari

22. Dating Bactria’s independence to 246/5 BC? – Jens Jakobsson

23. Monetary politics during the early Graeco-Bactrian kingdom (250-190 BCE) – Olivier Bordeaux

24. The last phase of the Indo-Greeks: Methods, interpretations and new insights in reconstructing the past – Shailendra Bhandare

Part VI: Culture and identity

25. Ai Khanoum, between east and west: A composite architecture – Guy Lecuyot

26. Globalization and interpreting visual culture – Milinda Hoo

27. Representation of Greek gods/goddesses in Graeco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek visual culture – Suchandra Ghosh

28. Roman objects in the Begram hoard and the memory of Greek rule in Kushan Central Asia – Lauren Morris

Part VII: Beyond the Graeco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek worlds

29. Central Asia in the Achaemenid period – Xin Wu

30. Achaemenid north-west South Asia – Cameron A. Petrie

31. Greekness after the end of the Bactrian and Indo-Greek kingdoms – Joe Cribb

Related Subjects:

  • Ancient Near East
  • Greek History & Culture
  • Near Eastern Archaeology
  • Classical Greek & Roman Archaeology
  • Asian Archaeology
  • Middle Eastern Archaeology

Although I’m very interested in reading it I’ll wait for the paperback edition because it’s too expensive for me. Are you also interested in this release? Let me know, good day everyone


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