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    Description"Thundering Zeus" uses an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to resolve one of the greatest puzzles in all of Hellenistic history. This book explores the remarkable rise of a Greek-ruled kingdom in ancient Bactria (modern Afghanistan) during the third century B.C. Diodotus I and II, whose dynasty emblazoned its coins with the dynamic image of Thundering Zeus, led this historic movement by breaking free of the Seleucid Empire and building a strong independent state in Central Asia. The chronology and crises that defined their reigns have been established here for the first time, and Frank Holt sets this new history into the larger context of Hellenistic studies. The best sources for understanding Hellenistic Bactria are archaeological, and they include a magnificent trove of coins. In addition to giving a history of Bactria, "Thundering Zeus" provides a catalog of these coins, as well as an introduction to the study of numismatics itself. Holt presents this fascinating material with the precision and acuity of a specialist and with the delight of an admirer, providing an up-to-date full catalog of known Diodotid coinage, and illustrating twenty-three coins. This succinct, energetic narrative thunders across the history of Hellenistic Bactria, exhuming coins, kingdoms, and customs as it goes. The result is a book that is both a history and a history of discovery, with much to offer those interested in ancient texts, archaeology, and coins.

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    Thundering Zeus
    The Making of Hellenistic Bactria
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) F.L. Holt
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 248
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 458 g
    ISBN 13: 9780520211407
    ISBN 10: 0520211405

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    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
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    DC22: 939/.6
    LC classification: DS374.B28 H66 1999
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    Illustrations note
    27 black-and-white photos, 4 maps, 5 line figures.
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    30 April 1999
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    Author Information
    Frank L. Holt is Associate Professor of History at the University of Houston, and author of Alexander the Great and Bactria: The Formation of a Greek Frontier in Central Asia (1989).