Chapter 17 Greek inscriptions and documentary texts and the Graeco-Roman historical tradition
This chapters explores how three philological traditions Graeco-Roman, South Asian and Chinese have been and can be used to contribute to our understanding of Central Asia in the Hellenistic period. It outlines the current state of the written evidence in Greek and Latin – including both texts from excavated contexts and those from the manuscript tradition – to explore how this evidence has traditionally been used to interpret the history and culture of Hellenistic Central Asia, and to offer some prospective avenues for future research. The most convenient place to consult the Greek texts from Hellenistic Central Asia is in Rougemont’s volume in the series Corpus Inscriptionum Iranicarum. The presence of Greek inscriptions and administrative documents obviously cannot be taken as a proxy for the use of Greek as a spoken language of communication.
KeywordsBactrian, Graeco, Greek, Indo, World
ISBN9781138090699, 9780367550271, 9781315108513
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Publication date and place2021
Coins, banknotes, medals, seals (numismatics)
Ancient history: to c 500 CE