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The Hellenistic Far East: From the Oikoumene to the Community

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The Hellenistic world was an arena for the formation of new communities and redefinition of old ones. This chapter examines the social practices and cultural landscapes of one particular region of the Hellenistic world, the 'Hellenistic Far East'. This 'Siberia of the Hellenistic world' was situated at the political and cultural margins of the oikoumene, and modern scholarly analysis has focussed most frequently on its internal cultural diversity, and the vibrant influences it incorporated, not just from the Greek world, but from the cultures and societies of the Iranian world, Near East, Central Asia and India. The author seeks to identify some of the things which bound the Hellenistic Far East together, and explores how these diverse influences came together to create a whole. The cult of the Oxus is only part of the B.

Keywords: Bactrian religious mosaic; Greek world; Hellenistic Far East; oikoumene



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