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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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Waiting for the Barbarians

Waiting for the Barbarians

The Fall of Greek Bactria

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Hellenistic Far East

Rachel Mairs

University of California Press

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 for long-term and peaceful nomadic-settled coexistence in Bactria suggests instead a symbiotic relationship, albeit one with periods of tension. The testimony of Greek and Chinese historians, analysed in this light, also presents a more complex picture, in which the fall of the Graeco-Bactrian kingdom was due to a multiplicity of factors.

Keywords:   Graeco-Bactrian Kingdom, Nomads, Chinese history, Greek history

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