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Into the Land of Bones: Alexander the Great in Afghanistan


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Juli 2005

Beschreibung

Beschreibung

""Into the Land of Bones is the fullest narrative of Alexander's campaigns in Afghanistan available in English. It is informed by a comprehensive knowledge of the ancient sources, geography, and archaeology of Afghanistan. The work uses the history of Alexander to raise provocative questions about current affairs. Its long-term value, however, lies in its detailed and masterly account of Alexander's Bactrian campaigns in light of the history and geography of Afghanistan. This is one of the most important works on Alexander to appear in the last ten years."--Stanley Burstein, author of "Outpost of Hellenism: The Emergence of Heraclea on the Black Sea"The terrain, climate, and volatile socio-political milieu of Afghanistan have always been a logistical nightmare for invaders. Holt's vivid evocation of Alexander the Great's grueling, brutal, inconclusive war, and the telling parallels he draws with British, Soviet, and U.S. attempts to bludgeon the region into submission, make for grim reading."--Amelie Kuhrt, author of "The Ancient Near East, c.3000-330 BC

Inhaltsverzeichnis

List of Illustrations Preface Chapter One. Introduction The Crosshairs of History A Deeper Perspective Chapter Two. Hunting The Enemy City of Bones Victories Chapter Three. A Desperate Struggle Explosion Shock Waves Chapter Four. The Hydra Heads Of Bactria A Prophecy A Death Chapter Five. Love And War Little Star of Hope More Opposition Chapter Six. Dark Shadows Chaos Catastrophe Chapter Seven. The Legacy Lost and Found And Sometimes Lost Again Chapter Eight. Conclusion Plato Who? Lady Moon Appendix. Ancient Sources Notes Bibliography Index

Portrait

Frank L. Holt is Professor of History at the University of Houston. He is the author of Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions (California, 2003), Thundering Zeus: The Making of Hellenistic Bactria (California, 1999), and Alexander the Great and Bactria: The Formation of a Greek Frontier in Central Asia (1988) and editor of The Greeks in Bactria and India (1985).

Pressestimmen

"The terrain, climate, and volatile socio-political milieu of Afghanistan have always been a logistical nightmare for invaders. Holt's vivid evocation of Alexander the Great's grueling, brutal, inconclusive war, and the telling parallels he draws with British, Soviet, and U.S. attempts to bludgeon the region into submission, make for grim reading." - Amelie Kuhrt, author of The Ancient Near East, c.3000-330 BC"
EAN: 9780520245532
ISBN: 0520245539
Untertitel: 'Hellenistic Culture and Societ'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: UNIV OF CALIFORNIA PR
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2005
Seitenanzahl: 254 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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