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India and the Hellenistic World
Authorship Description
Klaus Karttunen.
Bibliographical Details x, 434 p.
Edition, Place & Publisher Delhi, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN-10 812084100X
ISBN-13 9788120841000, 978-8120841000
Year of Publication 2017.
Series Hindu Tradition Series - Vol. 4.
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India and the Hellenistic World

The cultural interaction between India and the Hellenistic world does not usually receive the attention it deserves. Scholars go on trying to derive features of classical Hinduism from the Veda, without seriously taking into consideration the parts of the subcontinent were once ruled by Greeks, whose culture exerted a profound influence.

The author has planned Graeco-Indian relations throughout their history in three volumes. According to this India in `Early Greek Literature' is the first volume, and present volume, `India and the Hellenstic World' is second, while third volume is `India and the Roman West'. In the first volume the author has discussed the Greek accounts of India and the relations between India and Greece until Alexander's Indian campaign. Later authors, like Megasthenes, were mentioned only when their information was relevant for this purpose. In present volume focus is on the Hellenstic period in the narrow sense of the world, from Alexander to the rise of Roman Imperial hegemony.

The main object is to collect, explain and discuss the relevant passage in Greek and Latin literature in their relation to Greek and Roman society and literary traditions as well as to then existing information about India and other Asian countries, in some cases Africa too. The methods are philological, but author has also made an earnest attempt to find out and utilize the new evidence offered by such disciplines as archaeology, epigraphy, and numismatics.

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