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Hellenistic Culture and Society #47: Into the Land of Bones: Alexander the Great in Afghanistan

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Publisher Comments:

"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

Synopsis:

The so-called first war of the twenty-first century actually began more than 2,300 years ago when Alexander the Great led his army into what is now a sprawling ruin in northern Afghanistan. Frank L. Holt vividly recounts Alexander's invasion of ancient Bactria, situating in a broader historical perspective America's war in Afghanistan.

About the Author

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).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface to 2012 Edition

Foreword by Peter Green

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520274327
Subtitle:
Alexander the Great in Afghanistan
Author:
Holt, Frank L.
Author:
Green, Peter
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
World History-Ancient History
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First Edition, With a New Preface
Series:
Hellenistic Culture and Society
Series Volume:
47
Publication Date:
20121003
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.75 in

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