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Notes on Hellenism in the Iranian East (Classico-Oriental Notes, 6-8)

Giusto Traina
Iran & the Caucasus
Vol. 9, No. 1 (2005), pp. 1-14
Published by: Brill
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4030901
Page Count: 14
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Notes on Hellenism in the Iranian East (Classico-Oriental Notes, 6-8)
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Abstract

This contribution continues a series of short notes on philological and historical questions concerning the encounter of the "Classical" and the "Oriental" Worlds in Antiquity. Note 6 (Hellenic Culture in the East: Evidence for Greekness?) outlines some problems concerning the vision of the Oriental (especially Iranian) past in modern Classical scholarship. The "Hellenisation" observed by the archaeologists working in Central Asia on the basis of Greek inscriptions, is criticised and nuanced. Note 7 (Greeks in the Iranian East: Dolphins in a Basin?) deals with some literary and archaeological evidence on Greek communities in the Oriental cities like Babylon and Susa. Note 8 (A Passage to Babylon: Bringing up Barbarians) discusses some passages from Philostratus' Life of Apollonius of Tyana, especially focusing on the case of the Greek community in Cissia.

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