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The Greeks in Bactria and India

The Greeks in Bactria and India

Paperback Cambridge Library Collection: Classics

By (author) William Woodthorpe Tarn

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 600 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 214mm x 40mm | 780g
  • Publication date: 24 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 1108009417
  • ISBN 13: 9781108009416
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 5 b/w illus.
  • Sales rank: 734,822

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Written by a highly regarded scholar in the field, this is the first published study on the Greek kingdoms of Bactria and India that treats them as Hellenistic states. The book begins with an overview of the Seleucid settlement, providing a background to the relations between Greeks and Asiatics after the death of Alexander the Great. Covering the period from 206 to 145 BCE, the book analyses the reigns of Euthydemus I, Demetrius I and Menander I, and explains how they accomplished Alexander's dream of co-operation instead of domination in the eastern provinces. Tarn's work examines this little-discussed topic and presents it to the reader in a clear and accessible style, making this a great scholarly contribution that remains unsurpassed in breadth and depth. The second edition from 1966 (reissued here) includes an Addendum explaining the further discoveries since the work was first published in 1951.

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Table of contents

Prefaces; Introduction; Part I. The Background in the Middle East: 1. The Seleucid settlement; 2. Literature and social contacts; Part II. Bactria and India: 3. Euthydemus and Bactria; 4. Demetrius and the invasion of India; 5. Antiochus IV and Eucratides; 6. Menander and his kingdom; 7. The nomad conquest of Bactria; 8. Greeks and Sacas in India; 9. The Greeks and India; Conclusion; Appendices; Addenda; Index.