From Pella to Gandhara. Hybridisation and Identity in the Art and Architecture of the Hellenistic East
edited by Anna Kouremenos, Sujatha Chandrasekaran and Roberto Rossi with a foreword by Sir John Boardman. xi+193 pages; illustrated throughout in colour and black and white. BAR S2221 2011. ISBN 9781407307794. £42.00 (No VAT).
Alexander the Great’s campaigns in the East brought the Greek and Eastern worlds in closer contact than was possible in previous centuries. While Greeks and non-Greeks had lived alongside each other for centuries before Alexander’s conquest of the East, it was during the Hellenistic period that a more direct interaction of cultures occurred. The material evidence from the lands that formed part of Alexander’s empire, in combination with contemporary theoretical approaches, can hopefully lead to attempts to answer why specific borrowings occurred as well as how such borrowings are interpreted by contemporary scholars. This volume is a direct result of the broader cross-cultural research interests of the editors. Contents: Peface (Anna Kouremenos); Foreword (Sir John Boardman); Introduction (Roberto Rossi); 1) Alcibiades, “a classical archetype for Alexander” (Michael Vickers); 2) Hybridisation of Palatial Architecture: Hellenistic Royal Palaces and Governors’ Seats (Maria Kopsacheili); 4) ‘Hellenising’ the ‘Cypriot Goddess’: ‘Reading’ the Amathousian Terracotta Figurines (Giorgos Papantoniou); 5) The Ruins on Mount Karasis in Cilicia (Timm Radt); 6) A Hybridized Aphrodite: the Anadyomene Motif at Tel Kedesh (Lisa Ayla Çakmak); 7) ‘Hybrid’ Art, Hellenism and the Study of Acculturation in the Hellenistic East: The Case of Umm el-‘Amed in Phoenicia (Jessica Nitschke); 8) Cultural interaction and the emergence of hybrids in the material culture of Hellenistic Mesopotamia: An interpretation of terracotta figurines, ceramic ware and seal impressions (Sidsel Maria Westh-Hansen); 9) Temple Architecture in the Iranian World in the Hellenistic Period (Michael Shenkar); 10) Cultural convergence in Bactria: the votives from the Temple of the Oxos at Takht-i Sangin (Rachel Wood); 11) From Gandharan Trays to Gandharan Buddhist Art: The Persistence of Hellenistic Motifs From the Second Century BC and Beyond (Jessie Pons); 12) The Places in Between: Model and Metaphor in the Archaeology of Hellenistic Arachosia (Rachel Mairs); Conclusion (Sujatha Chandrasekaran).