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    DescriptionA Greek doctor serving at the court of the Persian king Artaxerxes II in the fifth century BC, Ctesias met travellers and visitors from the far eastern reaches of the Persian Empire, merchants from along the Silk Road and Indians from near the Indus Valley. His Indika (On India), was the first monograph ever written on India by a western author, introducing its readers to such fantastic creatures as the unicorn and the martichora, along with real life subjects such as the parrot and the art of falconry. Confirming pre-existing conceptions of what were considered to be the edges of the earth, Ctesias' Indika helped shape the Greek view of India. This English translation is accompanied by explanatory notes and includes all extant fragments of the Indika, as well as fragments of Ctesias' other minor works.


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    Title
    Ctesias: On India
    Subtitle
    Translation and Commentary
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Andrew Nichols
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 261 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781853997426
    ISBN 10: 1853997420
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.4
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FKA
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 08
    BIC subject category V2: DN
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    Libri: I-HP
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET080
    Ingram Theme: CULT/INDIAN
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    BISAC V2.8: HIS017000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    LC classification: PA
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 495
    Abridged Dewey: 809
    BISAC V2.8: HIS016000, LCO010000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 62
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, LIT004190
    BIC subject category V2: 1FKA, 1QDAG
    DC22: 888.109, 913.4046
    BISAC region code: 2.3.3.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHAH, NHC, DN
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1FKA, 1QBAG
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, maps, figures
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bristol Classical Press
    Publication date
    22 September 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Andrew G. Nichols is Visiting Lecturer in Classics, University of Florida.
    Review quote
    .Nichols's general approach makes the book fairly accessible to non-classicists as well, and its subject matter may appeal to anyone working in the emergent field of monster studies, which explores why and how cultures ascribe form and meaning to monsters. In short.Nichols's book is useful, particularly in that it makes Ctesias' Indika much more accessible than the treatise had been previously. -- D. Felton, University of Massachusetts Amherst New England Classical Journal