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Soon in paperback edition: “The Greek Experience of India: From Alexander to the Indo-Greeks” by Richard Stoneman

Good day everyone, thanks to be here on Alessandro III di Macedonia! Yesterday I found a new paperback coming soon and I think it might interest you too!

The Greek Experience of India: From Alexander to the Indo-Greeks

by Richard Stoneman

Paperback version published by Princeton University Press

on US: Jun 8, 2021 – UK: Jun 29, 2021

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An exploration of how the Greeks reacted to and interacted with India from the third to first centuries BCE

When the Greeks and Macedonians in Alexander’s army reached India in 326 BCE, they entered a new world. The plants were unrecognizable, the customs of the people various and puzzling. Alexander’s conquest ended with his death in 323 BCE, but the Greeks would settle in the Indian region for the next two centuries. From observations about botany and mythology to social customs, The Greek Experience of India explores how the Greeks reacted to and constructed life in India during this period. Richard Stoneman offers a valuable look at Megasthenes, ambassador of the King Seleucus to Chandragupta Maurya, and provides a discussion of Megasthenes’ now-fragmentary book Indica. Stoneman considers the art, literature, and philosophy of the Indo-Greek kingdom and how cultural influences crossed in both directions. The Greek Experience of India is a masterful account of the encounters between two remarkable civilizations.

Richard Stoneman is an honorary visiting professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter. His many books include Alexander the Great: A Life in Legend​ and Xerxes: A Persian Life.

Price: $29.95 / £25.00
ISBN: 978-0691217475
Pages: 560
Size: 6.13 x 9.25 in. – 14.99 x 3.81 x 22.61 cm.
Illus: 52 b/w illus. 6 maps.

The first hardcover edition was published in 2019 and now is difficult to find and expensive but this paperback version will be cheaper!

Table of Contents

Part I. First Impressions
Chapter 1, Writing a Book about India, 5-35
Chapter 2, Alexander in India, 36-79
Chapter 3, Heracles and Dionysus, 80-98
Chapter 4, The Natural History of India, 99-126

Part II. Megasthenes’ Description of India
Chapter 5, Introducing Megasthenes, 129-176
Chapter 6, Megasthenes’ Book, 177-185
Chapter 7, Geography and Ancient History, 186-197
Chapter 8, Culture and Society, 198-237
Chapter 9, The Question of Utopia, 238-253
Chapter 10, Megasthenes on the Natural World, 254-285

Part III. Interactions
Chapter 11, The Indian Philosophers and the Greeks, 289-331
Chapter 12, Two Hundred Years of Debate: Greek and Indian Thought, 332-374
Chapter 13, The Trojan Elephant: Two Hundred Years of Co-existence from the Death of Alexander to the Death of Menander, 323 to 135 BCE, 375-404
Chapter 14, Bending the Bow: Kṛṣṇa, Arjuna, Rāma, Odysseus, 405-426
Chapter 15, Greeks and the Art of India, 427-460
Chapter 16, Apollonius of Tyana and Hellenistic Taxila, 461-477

Appendix: Concordance of the Fragments of Megasthenes, 479-480
Bibliography, 481-509
Index 511-525

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