"Parker makes a welcome foray into the study of cultural connections between two of the most significant civiilzations in the ancient world, Rome and India. ...a valuable contribution to a neglected field of scholarship. ...Parker's work has value as an exploration of Indian images in the Roman world. Recommended." --Choice
"...this is a book that through its approach deals with much more than the making of Roman India alone. It is about the nature of Rome as both a successor culture and a world Empire, and as such it deserves to be widely studied and used as a source of inspiration on how to deal with processes of cultural interaction in the Hellenistic and Roman world." --BMCR
"...this work offers much food for thought, not only for studies of Roman conceptions of the world and their empire but for other significant debates in Roman culture."
NECJ, Nevile Morley, University of Bristol
India fascinated the ancient Romans. Drawing on literary and archaeological sources, this book sketches the contours of that India - as much the source of luxury goods and the marker of the end of world empire for both polytheists and Christians as the home of holy men and their special knowledge.