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After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam
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After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam

Joe Cribb and Georgina Herrmann

Abstract

This is a study of the history, archaeology, and numismatics of Central Asia, an area of great significance for our understanding of the ancient and early medieval world. This vast, land-locked region, with its extreme continental climate, was a centre of civilization with great metropolises. Its cosmopolitan population followed different religions (Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Buddhism), and traded extensively with China, India, the Middle East, and Europe. The millennium from the overthrow of the first world empire of Achaemenian Persians by Alexander the Great to the arrival of the Arabs a ... More

Keywords: history, archaeology, numismatics, Central Asia, early medieval, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Buddhism, trade, China

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780197263846
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263846.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joe Cribb, editor
Keeper of Coins and Medals, The British Museum, London

Georgina Herrmann, editor
Honorary Professor, University College London; Fellow of the British Academy

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Introduction

GEORGINA HERRMANN, and JOE CRIBB

8 Termez in Antiquity

PIERRE LERICHE, and SHAKIR PIDAEV

11 The Sasanian relief at Rag-i Bibi (Northern Afghanistan)

FRANTZ GRENET, JONATHAN LEE, PHILIPPE MARTINEZ, and FRANÇOIS ORY

21 The Fire Temple at Tash-k’irman Tepe, Chorasmia

ALISON V. G. BETTS, and VADIM N. YAGODIN

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