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Bactrian Mirage, The: Iranian and Greek Interaction in Western Central Asia

Author:
Iliakis, Michael

ISBN:
978 0 7486 8006 1
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
224
List price(s):
80.00 GBP

Publication date:
31 July 2018

Short description: 

Showcases the impact which Achaemenid and Hellenistic rule had on Bactria and Bactrian identity during the period from ca 546 to ca 135 BCE. This title focuses on the relation of Bactria and the Bactrians with Sodgiana, the Sogdians and the Scythians. It includes in depth analysis of the connection between Bactria and the Zoroastrian faith.

Full description: 

Offers a critical examination of Bactria during the Achaemenid and Hellenistic period. For ancient Greeks, Bactria was the end of the civilized world, a land renowned for its agricultural and mineral wealth, fierce warriors, '1,000' cities and its devotion to the Zoroastrian faith. Encompassing parts of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, ancient Bactria was located on the Silk Road and was an important stepping stone for invaders and migrants on their way to the west. In spite of reinvigorated scholarly interest in the topic, Achaemenid Bactria is almost solely examined in the context of Alexander the Great's campaigns in Western Central Asia. By exploiting a combination of textual, archaeological, numismatic and iconographic evidence, Michael Iliakis redresses this imbalance by examining the impact which Achaemenid and Hellenistic rule had on Bactria and Bactrian identity during the period from ca 546 to ca 135 BCE. Provides the first study of Achaemenid and Hellenistic Bactria concentrating on the longue duree; clarifies the continuity and changes which occurred during the transition of power from one regime to another; sheds new light on the relation of Bactria and the Bactrians with Sodgiana, the Sogdians and the Scythians and includes in depth analysis of the connection between Bactria and the Zoroastrian faith.

Biography: 

Michael Iliakis' research concentrates on the history and culture of the Achaemenid Empire.

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