About the project

NOTE: Articles, sources and reviews added now every three days since March 2013.

The web is a fantastic tool, whose applications and implications are progressing at an exponential rate. So are the studies on Hellenistic and Imperial Central Asia, that really have begun to develop in the 70s and are increasing since the last twenty years. Websites dealing with ancient Central Asia exist, as well as digitized version of books, articles and reviews on the subject. But, even at the dawn of the “semantic web”, they are dispatched and thinly spread, the consequences being a great difficulty for everyone to find them and, often, the frustration to find digitized sources in a later stage, way after it would be needed.

The work presented here is made of the will to resolve this problem. This blog will mostly function like a portal: internet ressources will be listed in a large bibliography, with incorporated links to their current location on the web. This site will not host books neither articles. In this way, if an author wants to remove its work from the net, he won’t have to pay attention of this website. It’s also a way to thank those authors for their work, by repercuting in the statistics of their homepage the amount of views that can bring our website.

The main focus of the works presented here is what lays between Eastern Iranian plateau to the West and the Ganges Valley to the East, the Russian steppes to the North and the Indian Ocean to the South. This area don’t show any geographical unity, but shall be taken as one entity to understand what happened during Hellenistic and Imperial times in Antiquity. The chronological timeframe will mostly be from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC to the Sassanian uprising in 224 AD.

Most of the work will come from databases like Persee, Encyclopaedia Iranica Online or homepage of specialists. Partially available work like in GoogleBooks are also now being added, with the google-g-logo-2012 symbol next to.

Works are listed as follows:

Books: Name, Abbreviated surname, title, location and date. [Language in flag].

Articles: Name, Abbreviated surname, “title of the article”, name of the journal, number (and date) of the issue, pages of the article. [Language in flag].

Part of collective work:  Name, Abbreviated surname, “title of the chapter”, in Name, Abbreviated surname, name of the collective work, location and date. [Language in flag].

For work on electronic version only: same but the link is shown at the end of the sentence. [Language in flag].

MapsIntitled of the map, author

Sources: Author if known, Name of the source, (book from which it is extract). [Language of the translations and commentaries in flag]. [Script or/and language of the source by a letter]

Internet usually gives free copyright translations, so they should be used carefully and only give you indications on the text’s meaning (you always should use the latest translations for academic works). For ancient languages, here are the symbols used:

: ancient Greek (script and language).

: Kharosthi (script. Usually Prakrit language).

: Brahmi (script. Usually Prakrit language, sometimes sanskrit).

: Sogdian (script and language).

: Runic (script. Unknown or untranslated languages from nomadic people).

: Latin (script and language)

: Chinese (script and language)

Do no forget to read the “How to use the database” thread in order to correctly begin your researches on the website!

Interview on AHE: here.

Many thanks to Aditya Banerjee for helping sharing interesting and useful books!

  1. #1 by Ulf Jäger on July 17, 2012 - 16:45

    Fantastic!!! Great!!! Thanks a lot!!! All best wishes and greetings, Ulf

  2. #3 by rogerios on July 25, 2012 - 23:30

    Du très beau travail. Merci beaucoup! Votre blog est quelque chose qui manquait vraiment à tous ceux qui aiment l’histoire de l’Asie Centrale, particulièrement lors de l^époque hellénistique.

    • #4 by Antoine on July 27, 2012 - 18:31

      Merci beaucoup! Je vais me charger de le mettre constamment à jour et de le développer 🙂

  3. #5 by Sara Peterson on August 5, 2012 - 11:52

    Thank you so much for all you work in creating this site. It’s a great resource.

    Cordialement,
    Sara Peterson

  4. #6 by John Hill on August 6, 2012 - 01:02

    Thanks so much, Antoine. This should be a very useful site indeed. All best wishes, John Hill

  5. #7 by Th. Castelli on March 19, 2014 - 18:43

    • #8 by Antoine on March 19, 2014 - 20:26

      Effectivement! Merci beaucoup!

  6. #9 by Marcela Ruggeri on September 17, 2014 - 06:09

    wonderful…I’ve been studying the area for the last 5 years…!

  7. #10 by Reza Khan on October 16, 2016 - 22:38

    I see you go from Greek to Kharoshti but Kharoshthi actually came from aramaic as that was the language the Achaemenid Persians introduced to Afghanistan and Gandhara. The achaemenids preceded the Greeks and Bactrian Greeks by abt 250 years.

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