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Greco-Buddhist relations in the Hellenistic Far East : sources and contexts

Title
Greco-Buddhist relations in the Hellenistic Far East : sources and contexts / Olga Kubica.
ISBN
9781032193021
1032193026
9781032193007
103219300X
9781003258575
9781000868562
9781000868524
Publication
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2023.
Physical Description
x, 232 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
Summary
"This book provides the first comprehensive and interdisciplinary view of the relationship between the Greeks and Buddhist communities in ancient Bactria and Northwest India, from the conquests of Alexander the Great to the fall of the Indo-Greek kingdom circa 10 AD. The main thesis of this book is the assumption that, despite the presence of mutual relationships and interactions between the Greeks and Buddhist inhabitants of the Hellenistic Far East, the phenomenon known conventionally as 'Greco-Buddhism' never truly occurred. The individual chapters of this book provide an analysis of the main sources for Greco-Buddhist relations, mainly textual, but also archaeological and numismatic. The methods of philological and historical research are used in combination with postcolonial approaches to the study of the Greeks in India drawing from sociological research on ethnicity and intercultural relations. It is a rich source of information for anyone interested in Greco-Buddhist relations and is a great starting point for further research in this area. This volume is a valuable resource for students and scholars working on the Greco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek kingdoms, both classicists and those working on early Indian history, as well as those working on cultural exchange in the Hellenistic world"-- Provided by publisher.
Other formats
Online version: Kubica, Olga. Greco-Buddhist relations in the Hellenistic Far East New York : Routledge, 2023
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
September 14, 2023
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Contexts for sources
The Dhamma of Asoka in the context of Greco-Mauryan contacts
Between Asoka and Menander: a few notes on the Greco-Bactrian kingdom
Menander and the Indo-Greek kingdom
Gandhara
Late Greek sources about Buddhism in India
Conclusion
Appendices
Index.
Citation

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