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Memory As History : The Legacy of Alexander in Asia

 
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Author: Ray, Himanshu Prabha & Potts, Daniel T. (Eds.)
Year: 2007
ISBN: 8173053251
[ 31 cm., pp. xvi+264, col. ills. 34, b/w 26, index ]
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[ Price: RS. 2,125.00, US$ 39.35 ]


 
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Memory As History : The Legacy of Alexander in Asia

This volume examines the legacy of Alexander, the Macedonian, as it survived and transformed itself in literature, the arts and archaeology in Asia. The tendency to idealise Alexander began in antiquity and by the Roman period, a body of romance had grown around him, which continued to expand in almost every language from Scotland to Mongolia. The portrait of Alexander as the universal conqueror who was also the civiliser and benefactor of manking owes its origin to Plutarch who wrote in the early centuries AD and has been extraordinarily potent in shaping modern views of Alexander.
The legacy itself has been surprisingly tenacious and continued well into the present, as it became the guiding star of nineteenth and twentieth century British archologists in the Indian subcontinent, such as Alexander Cunningham, John Marshall, etc. in their search for cities established by Alexander and of the entire development of Gandharan art, which was considered in Buddhist in Nature, but Greek in form. The larger question that this book addresses is the creation of cultural memory and its persistence or appropriation through time as it establishes an almost parallel perspective on the past.
The book will be of interest to historians, archaeologist, art historians and all those interested in Alexanders journey through Asia.
Contents : 1. Introduction : Wild Follies and Ostentatious Display's : Reflections on Alexander the Great in India and the question of Collective Memory / Part I : THE EVOLUTION OF THE LEGEND -- 2. Alexander's Historians and the Alexander Romance : A Comparative Study of the Representation of India and Indians by Ioannis Xydopoulos / 3. Alexander's Mythic Journey into India by Alastair J.L. Blanshard / 4. Alexander and the Virtuous Indians by Andy T. Fear / 5. The Syriac Sources of the Early Arabic Narratives of Alexander by Kevin van Bladel / 6. Visual Illustrations of the life of Alexander in Persian Manuscripts by Nasim Akhtar / 7. Alexander and Asia : Droysen and Grote by Phiroze Vasunia / Part II : THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE GREEKS -- 8. Alexander's Gampain (327-326 BC) : A Chronological Makers in the Archaeology of India by Himanshu P. Ray / 9. Differing Modes of Contact between India and the West : Some Achaemenid and Seleucid Examples by Daniel T. Potts / 10. Recent Discoveries of Buddhist Manuscripts from Afghanistan and Pakistan: The Heritage of the Greeks in the North-west by Mark Allon / 11. Alexander's Lost Kingdom : From Diodotus to Strato III by Robert Bracey / 12. Travelling to India without Alexander's Log-books by Jean-Francois Salles / 13. Hellenism in an Afghan Context by Grant Parker / 14. Creating Alexander's Legacy in Egypt by Marie-Francoise Boussac / 15. Not Just a Pretty Face : Interpretations of Alexander's Numismatic Imagery in the Hellenic East by Shailendra Bhandare / Index
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