BACTRIA THE HISTORY OF A FORGOTTEN EMPIRE

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Lost World Of The Golden King

Author : Frank L. Holt
ISBN : 9780520953741
Genre : History
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Drawing on ancient historical writings, the vast array of information gleaned in recent years from the study of Hellenistic coins, and startling archaeological evidence newly unearthed in Afghanistan, Frank L. Holt sets out to rediscover the ancient civilization of Bactria. In a gripping narrative informed by the author’s deep knowledge of his subject, this book covers two centuries of Bactria’s history, from its colonization by remnants of Alexander the Great’s army to the kingdom’s collapse at the time of a devastating series of nomadic invasions. Beginning with the few tantalizing traces left behind when the ‘empire of a thousand cities’ vanished, Holt takes up that trail and follows the remarkable and sometimes perilous journey of rediscovery. Lost World of the Ancient King describes how a single bit of evidence—a Greek coin—launched a search that drew explorers to the region occupied by the tumultuous warring tribes of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Afghanistan. Coin by coin, king by king, the history of Bactria was reconstructed using the emerging methodologies of numismatics. In the twentieth century, extraordinary ancient texts added to the evidence. Finally, one of the ‘thousand cities’ was discovered and excavated, revealing an opulent palace, treasury, temple, and other buildings. Though these great discoveries soon fell victim to the Afghan political crisis that continues today, this book provides a thrilling chronicle of the search for one of the world’s most enigmatic empires.
Category: History

The Greeks In Bactria And India

Author : William Woodthorpe Tarn
ISBN : 9781108009416
Genre : History
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A landmark study of the Greek kingdoms of Bactria and India that treats them as Hellenistic states.
Category: History

New International Encyclopedia

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ISBN : PRNC:32101064487745
Genre : Encyclopedias and dictionaries
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Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

The New International Encyclop Dia

Author : Frank Moore Colby
ISBN : UIUC:30112057100932
Genre : Encyclopedias and dictionaries
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Chambers S Encyclopaedia

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ISBN : UOM:39015078178384
Genre : Encyclopedias and dictionaries
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Encyclop Dia Britannica

Author : Walter Yust
ISBN : UOM:39015038700996
Genre : Encyclopedias and dictionaries
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Encyclopaedia Britannica

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ISBN : MINN:31951D00121095U
Genre : Encyclopaedia Britannica
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The Greek Kingdom Of Bactria

Author : H. Sidky
ISBN : UOM:39015050165441
Genre : History
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In this volume, Sidky undertakes the task of reconstructing the history of Greek Bactria, a warlike kingdom that existed twenty-two centuries ago in what is now northern Afghanistan, from fragmentary sources. The resulting work brings to life ancient documents in a narrative scope, where a forgotten people are recreated in the reader's mind. The story of east meeting west, and the resulting synthesis, is re-told here, with critical analysis of sources fitting easily alongside vivid descriptions of glorious battles and great cities. This easily accessible, yet scholarly, work will interest students of ancient history and archaeology.
Category: History