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Indo-Iranian Languages and Peoples

Nicholas Sims-Williams (ed.)

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780197262856
eISBN:
9780191753961
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262856.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

The recent developments in our understanding of the history of the Indo-Iranian languages and their speakers are surveyed and assessed in this book by a group of linguists and archaeologists. In the ... More


Ancient Afghanistan and its invaders: Linguistic evidence from the Bactrian documents and inscriptions

Nicholas Sims-Williams

in Indo-Iranian Languages and Peoples

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780197262856
eISBN:
9780191753961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262856.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

During the last ten years the corpus of Bactrian texts has increased dramatically. The dates of the Bactrian documents range from 342 to 781 a.d., a span of more than four centuries extending through ... More


A Treasure

Frank L. Holt

in Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520238817
eISBN:
9780520938786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238817.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

The Oxus had a potent influence on the imaginations of men in the nineteenth century. It was rumored that rich deposits of gold lay unmolested along its banks, and that the actual descendants of ... More


Greek and Coptic in Late Antique Egypt

Roger S. Bagnall

in Everyday Writing in the Graeco-Roman East

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520267022
eISBN:
9780520948525
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267022.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

This chapter concentrates on Coptic as a documentary language, arguing that the comparisons among Syriac, Bactrian, and Coptic uncover more differences than similarities, and that these differences ... More


Greek and Syriac in the Roman Near East

Roger S. Bagnall

in Everyday Writing in the Graeco-Roman East

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520267022
eISBN:
9780520948525
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267022.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

This chapter focuses primarily on the dialects of Aramaic, especially Syriac, in a part of the ancient Near East for which it has much less surviving written material than it has from Egypt. It ... More


Waiting for the Barbarians: The Fall of Greek Bactria

Rachel Mairs

in Hellenistic Far East

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780520281271
eISBN:
9780520959545
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520281271.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

Traditional historical approaches to the collapse of the Graeco-Bactrian kingdom in the mid-second century BC look to nomadic invasions from Central Asia as the main cause. Archaeological evidence ... More


The Beginnings of Islam in Afghanistan: Conquest, Acculturation, and Islamization

Arezou Azad

in Afghanistan's Islam: From Conversion to the Taliban

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520294134
eISBN:
9780520967373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520294134.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Islam

Covering the period from 709 to 871, this chapter traces the initial conversion of Afghanistan from Zoroastrianism and Buddhism to Islam. Highlighting the differential developments in four regions of ... More


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