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Questions on the Date of the Hellenistic Pottery from Central Asia (Ai Khanoum, Marakanda and Koktepe) 1

Questions on the Date of the Hellenistic Pottery from Central Asia (Ai Khanoum, Marakanda and... Abstract On the basis of recent research on the pottery and comparisons between three important sites with Hellenistic occupation in Central Asia, new dates are proposed for each of them. The article presents both the former data and hypotheses and the recent discoveries, including coins for Afrasiab/Samarkand, which lead to the new proposals. Changes in pottery style do not follow immediately Alexander’s conquest, and the first real Hellenistic shapes only appear under Antiochos I. After Antiochos III’s reconquest of Bactria, an important wave of new fashions in pottery style is introduced which lasted until Eucratides’ death and the end of the Greek domination, around the middle of the 2 nd century BC. Sogdiana hardly shows any of these novelties because it had already gained its independence. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia Brill

Questions on the Date of the Hellenistic Pottery from Central Asia (Ai Khanoum, Marakanda and Koktepe) 1

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
Subject
Archaeology of Central Asia
ISSN
0929-077X
eISSN
1570-0577
DOI
10.1163/157005712X638672
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Abstract

Abstract On the basis of recent research on the pottery and comparisons between three important sites with Hellenistic occupation in Central Asia, new dates are proposed for each of them. The article presents both the former data and hypotheses and the recent discoveries, including coins for Afrasiab/Samarkand, which lead to the new proposals. Changes in pottery style do not follow immediately Alexander’s conquest, and the first real Hellenistic shapes only appear under Antiochos I. After Antiochos III’s reconquest of Bactria, an important wave of new fashions in pottery style is introduced which lasted until Eucratides’ death and the end of the Greek domination, around the middle of the 2 nd century BC. Sogdiana hardly shows any of these novelties because it had already gained its independence.

Journal

Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to SiberiaBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2012

Keywords: Hellenistic pottery; Achaemenids; Central Asia; Bactria; Sogdiana; Ai Khanoum; Afrasiab/Samarkand; Antiochos I; Antiochos III; Eucratides

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