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    077: The Indo-Greeks - Invasion of the Yavanarajas

    077: The Indo-Greeks - Invasion of the Yavanarajas

    With the collapse of the Mauryan Empire, the rulers of Greco-Bactria would seize the opportunity to invade India in approximately 185 B.C. Famous conquerors like Demetrius and Menander would campaign throughout the subcontinent, seizing the lands of Arachosia and Gandhara (southern Afghanistan and Pakistan) as their new domains, the so-called "Indo-Greek" kingdoms. Despite the hostilities, the Indo-Greeks would quickly acclimate to their new cultural environment: figures like Heliodorus, a Greek ambassador from Taxila and worshipper of Vasudeva-Krishna, or Sophytos, an Indian merchant from Alexandria-in-Arachosia who prided himself on his knowledge of Homer and Callimachus, provide hints of the complex interactions between the Hellenistic world and South Asia.

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    Episode 077 Transcript:
    (https://hellenisticagepodcast.files.wordpress.com/2022/07/077-the-indo-greeks-invasion-of-the-yavanarajas-transcript.pdf)

    The Hellenistic Far East Map 4 - The Indo-Greek Kingdoms (https://hellenisticagepodcast.files.wordpress.com/2022/07/the-indo-greek-kingdom-map-4.pdf)

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    076: Greco-Bactria - Han China and the War of the Heavenly Horses

    076: Greco-Bactria - Han China and the War of the Heavenly Horses

    In 128 B.C., an explorer and diplomat named Zhang Qian had arrived in the Ferghana Valley in modern Uzbekistan. As the first known Chinese visitor in Central Asia, he was originally tasked by the Han Emperor Wudi to seek an alliance with the Yuezhi nomads, who migrated to Bactria in the 130s and contributed to the collapse of the Greco-Bactrian Kingdom. Though the alliance fell through, Zhang’s reports on the wealthy lands of “Daxia” and “Dayuan” tantalized the Emperor’s political ambitions, resulting in waves of Han embassies and armies being sent to the so-called “Western Regions”. A burgeoning trade network soon arose as East Asia and the Mediterranean worlds became ever closer, prompting expeditions by the Chinese to make contact with the mysterious Da Qin (Roman Empire), whose aristocrats demanded the goods produced by the equally mysterious “Seres” (“Silk Peoples”).

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    Episode 076 Transcript:
    (https://hellenisticagepodcast.files.wordpress.com/2022/06/076-greco-bactria-han-china-and-the-war-of-the-heavenly-horses.pdf)

    The Hellenistic Far East Map 3 - Zhang Qian in Central Asia (https://hellenisticagepodcast.files.wordpress.com/2022/06/map-3-zhang-qian-in-central-asia.pdf)

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    Interview: Ai Khanoum and Identity in Hellenistic Bactria with Dr. Rachel Mairs

    Interview: Ai Khanoum and Identity in Hellenistic Bactria with Dr. Rachel Mairs

    With the discovery of the city of Ai Khanoum in northeastern Afghanistan, the idea of a strong Greek presence in the makeup of Hellenistic Bactria was reinforced. At the same time, they also demonstrate a reliance on local Bactrian traditions and the formation of brand new identities. Dr. Rachel Mairs, a historian of Hellenistic Central Asia and author of "The Hellenistic Far East", joins the show to discuss the nature of identity, reassessing how we perceive "Greekness" or any other type of cultural classification in the face of a complex archaeological and epigraphical record.

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    Dr. Rachel Mairs
    The Hellenistic Central Asia Research Network (HCARN)
    (https://hellenisticfareast.wordpress.com/)

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    075: Greco-Bactria - Alexandria Eschate to Ai Khanoum

    075: Greco-Bactria - Alexandria Eschate to Ai Khanoum

    The conquests of Alexander the Great resulted in tens of thousands of Greek colonists settling in Central Asia. While excavations of places like the city ruins of Ai Khanoum hint at a flourishing Hellenic culture, local Bactrian and Sogdian traditions continued to hold a powerful influence. In this episode, we take a deeper look at Greco-Bactria by analyzing the archaeological and epigraphical record, looking at key examples relating to questions of identity and organization, and ultimately conclude with the collapse of Greek power in the face of nomadic invasions and civil war during the middle of the second century B.C.

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    The Hellenistic Far East Map 2 - The Greco-Bactrian Kingdom
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    Interview: Coinage and Numismatics in Greek Central Asia with Dr. Frank Lee Holt

    Interview: Coinage and Numismatics in Greek Central Asia with Dr. Frank Lee Holt

    Coins are the most enduring symbols of the Greco-Bactrian and the Indo-Greek kingdoms, considered to be invaluable tools in reconstructing their chronologies in absence of a written history. Joining our series is numismatist Dr. Frank Lee Holt, author of books such as "Thundering Zeus: The Making of Hellenistic Bactria" and "Lost World of the Golden King: In Search of Ancient Afghanistan", who discusses how coins can be used (or misused) to tell the story of Hellenistic Bactria, and their vital role in preserving the threatened cultural heritage of Central Asia.

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    074: Greco-Bactria - Land of a Thousand Cities

    074: Greco-Bactria - Land of a Thousand Cities

    In the first of several episodes on the "Hellenistic Far East", we will cover the history of the Greco-Bactrian Kingdom, which controlled the lands of Central Asia stretching from Afghanistan to Kazakhstan during the third and second centuries B.C. As one of the most fascinating yet poorly understood regions in antiquity, we will try to piece together the fragmented history of Bactria and its inhabitants from the invasion of Alexander the Great to the reign of Eucratides I.

    Episode 074 Notes:
    (https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2022/06/11/074-greco-bactria-land-of-a-thousand-cities/)

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    The Hellenistic Far East Map 1 - Regions
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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Grognard 5419 ,

Well researched, well delivered.

An excellent introduction to a fascinating and often overlooked period of history. A very nice delivery that tells good story. Does not dumb down, and provides a good basis for further, more detailed exploration of the period.

CharZhao ,

What a Blessing

Gained interest in the Hellenistic age due to the Art History, but this podcast has satisfied the curiosity for learning more about this incredible period. Highly recommend!

Psektuepr ,

Great podcast

Well made, interesting and enjoyable. I have only one complaint: pronunciation. Would recommend all the same.

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