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Rome, the Greek World, and the EastVolume 3: The Greek World, the Jews, and the East$
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Fergus Millar, Hannah M. Cotton, and Guy MacLean Rogers

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830307

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876657_millar

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Looking East from the Classical World: Colonialism, Culture, and Trade from Alexander the Great to Shapur I *

Looking East from the Classical World: Colonialism, Culture, and Trade from Alexander the Great to Shapur I *

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(p.300) Chapter Twelve Looking East from the Classical World: Colonialism, Culture, and Trade from Alexander the Great to Shapur I *
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Rome, the Greek World, and the East
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Fergus Millar

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807876657_millar.18

Alexander's conquests extended to regions characterised by different language groups, social structures, religious systems, and cultures. This chapter focuses on the six centuries following Alexander's conquests, tracing the impact of Greco-Roman culture in Asia. It sets out the broad lines of Graeco-Roman military and political involvement in Asia, from the Mediterranean through Iran to central Asia and northern India. The chapter also discusses key developments in this period such as the derivation of the Greek alphabet from the Phoenician, the emergence of Zoroastrianism, and the establishment of seaborne trade.

Keywords:   Alexander, Greco-Roman culture, Asia, military, Mediterranean, Iran, India, Greek alphabet, Zoroastrianism, seaborne trade

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