ARCH 1490 The Archaeology of Central Asia: Alexander in Afghanistan, and Buddhas in Bactria
Central Asia (from ca. 500 BC to AD 200) has tended to be treated as the ultimate frontier zone — on the fringes of the Mediterranean, the Near East, and India. Scholarly perspectives today are radically changing, with Central Asia emerging as a cultural and political entity in its own right. This course will explore the archaeology, art and history of what is today modern Afghanistan and the formerly Soviet Central Asian Republics, considering the region’s development under the Persian empire, the rule of Alexander the Great, and finally of his Greek-named successor kings.
MWF 1:00-1:50. Instructor: Rachel Mairs.
First class Wednesday 7 September, 13:00-13:50
Third class Monday 12 September, 13:00-13:50
UNESCO History of Civilizations of Central Asia: http://www.unesco.org/culture/asia/index-en.html (Volume II is most relevant for this course.)
The Archaeology of the Hellenistic Far East: A Survey (bibliography and literature review): http://oxford.academia.edu/RachelMairs/Papers/399824/The_Archaeology_of_the_Hellenistic_Far_East_A_Survey
Exhibition catalogues and websites:
'Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures': http://www.nationalgeographic.com/mission/afghanistan-treasures/
'Afghanistan : les trésors retrouvés' (French version of same exhibition): http://www.guimet.fr/afghanistan
'Alexander the Great and the Opening of the World': http://www.alexander-der-grosse-2009.de/
For fun and prevarication:
Documentary 'The Forgotten Alexandria' on YouTube (with some great images and 3D reconstruction of Ai Khanoum): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az37MU-e1tc&feature=related
Ancient Afghanistan for Kids: http://www.guimet.fr/tresorsafghans/index.html
How to make a replica of the glass fish flask from Begram: http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2011/06/29/glass-from-begram/
Alexander the Great, the Bollywood years: Sikandar-e Azam (1965): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1h1cPchll0