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The Making of Roman India (Greek Culture in the Roman World) Paperback – March 3, 2011

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ISBN-13: 978-0521175364 ISBN-10: 0521175364 Edition: Reissue

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"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

Book Description

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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Greek Culture in the Roman World
  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Reissue edition (March 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521175364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521175364
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,406,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A retired reader on July 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
It saddens me to read a new history that focuses on a fairly obscure topic that has fascinated me for decades and find it lacking. In "The Making of Roman India" I had hoped to find an assembled presentation of recent archaeological finds all along the Malabar Coast to update the classics in the field by Charlesworth, Warmington and Wheeler and to flesh out long-lingering uncertainties over ports mentioned in the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea. There is also a tremendous amount of new data available from digs at Greco-Roman ports along the Red Sea and new evidence of Roman trade in East Africa as well.

Not here. Historical tit bits are interspersed with the real agenda of modern historiography of `gendered' this and that and vaporings that genuflect to Foucault and Said.

Sometimes, it is just gibberish. Just read the Table of Contents on-line to get the idea. Below is a sample from page 191:

"It would, however, appear that differences of social status among the users of spatial information influenced or even created different registers of geographical thought. In the rest of this section, this thesis will be developed in two directions, namely the issue of experience in the acquisition of knowledge about India, and the specificity of India relative to a more generalized `east'"

So, when you finish the book -- I couldn't - you get a prize. A secret history decoder ring to wear when you enter the inner sanctum where today's trendy and hip historians gather to swap arcane argot and secret handshakes - oh so pleased to be part of an exclusive initiate.

What a waste. Here we have an author who clearly did the requisite research and has all the qualifications to write a splendid update on Rome's connections with India.
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