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Rachel Mairs

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520281271

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520281271.001.0001

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Self-Representation in the Inscriptions of Sōphytos (Arachosia) and Heliodoros (India)

Self-Representation in the Inscriptions of Sōphytos (Arachosia) and Heliodoros (India)

(p.102) 3 Self-Representation in the Inscriptions of Sōphytos (Arachosia) and Heliodoros (India)
Hellenistic Far East

Rachel Mairs

University of California Press

This chapter presents new interpretations of two important inscriptions. In the Greek inscription of Sophytos from Old Kandahar, a man with an Indian name presents himself in a Greek cultural framework. In the Prakrit inscription of Heriodoros from Besnagar, in India, we find in contrast a Greek ambassador from a Greek king presenting himself as the devotee of an Indian god. Comparison of these two inscriptions offers many interesting insights into the ways in which the inhabitants of the Hellenistic Far East presented and asserted their complex ethnic, social and cultural identities.

Keywords:   Greek inscriptions, Indian inscriptions, Kandahar, Besnagar

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