The Greek Experience of India: From Alexander to the Indo-Greeks


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Princeton University Press
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6.6 X 9.4 X 1.7 inches | 2.35 pounds

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About the Author

Richard Stoneman is an honorary visiting professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter. He is also a consulting editor in classics for I. B. Tauris. His many books include The Ancient Oracles and Alexander the Great: A Life in Legend.


"Clear and accessible, this book explores aspects of the Greek experience in India, from recorded encounters to artistic and cultural manifestations. With insightful and much-needed commentary, The Greek Experience of India is a significant contribution to the field, not least because it is the best modern introduction to Megasthenes."--Sushma Jansari, British Museum
"Richard Stoneman has written an amazing book about the Greek experience of India. Based on a lifetime of learning, this work brings together critical analysis, historical erudition, and personal reportage with great dexterity. It will be consulted by scholars for years to come."--Phiroze Vasunia, University College London
"This valuable and significant book reexamines the Greeks' experience and perceptions of India in the years from the conquests of Alexander the Great to those of Menander. With an elegant and open style, Richard Stoneman assesses a wider range of relevant Indian materials than previous writers. This book is a major achievement."--Robin Lane Fox, University of Oxford
"Excellent, and very readable. . . . The Greek Experience of India is the best book ever written on ancient Greek relations with India, and ought to be required reading for global historians of any era."---Peter Thonemann, Times Literary Supplement
"This is a magisterial work with plenty to complement and enrich the writings of those like W.W. Tarn, A.K. Narain and Jean W. Sedlar."---Stephen Kern, Classics for All
"The question of what influences Greeks and Indians might have had on each other in the centuries that followed Alexander the Great is one that has always simultaneously fascinated and frustrated historians - so huge gratitude is due to Stoneman for shedding as much light on the issue as anyone is ever likely to do."---Tom Holland, BBC History Magazine