The Greeks in Asia
- ISBN 9780500252130
- 25.50 x 18.30 cm
- 208 Illustrations, 50 in colour
- First published 2015
A scholarly but accessible account of the remarkable influence of ancient Greek culture across Asia. It is the culmination of decades of work on the influence of the Greeks outside their home territory
Britain’s most distinguished historian of ancient Greek art recounts the influence of Greek communities and their culture through Central Asia, India and Western China, from the Bronze Age through to the rise of Islam.
‘Circumnavigating the ancient world’s art with Sir John Boardman … is a rare privilege and source of both sensual and intellectual enlightenment’ – Sunday Telegraph on 'The World of Ancient Art'
‘This attractively illustrated Thames & Hudson hardback draws on a lifetime’s experience and research’– Society of Antiquaries
‘Undoubtedly an erudite book, the product of a lifetime’s research and reflection’– Current World Archaeology
John Boardman examines a wealth of art and artifacts as well as literary sources to reveal the remarkable influence of Greek culture upon peoples – Anatolians, Levantines, Persians, Asiatics, Indians, Chinese – whose settled civilizations were far older, with their own strong traditions in life, government and the arts.
The Greeks were not empire-builders. They did not seek to conquer or rule. However, they were highly literate and adept at trade; they spread a monetary economy through Eurasia; their religion was easily adapted to that of others; their art developed a form of narrative that was to be dominant for centuries to come; and their poets and philosophers were widely respected outside their homeland.
John Boardman is Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology and Art, Lincoln College, Oxford. His previous books for Thames & Hudson, published over a period of fifty years, include: The Greeks Overseas; The World of Ancient Art; The Archaeology of Nostalgia; and many volumes in the World of Art series.