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Title: Ai Khanum in the Face of Eurasian Globalisation
Subtitle: A Trans-Local Approach to a Contested Site in Hellenistic Bactria
Author(s): HOO, Milinda
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 17    Date: 2018   
Pages: 161-186
DOI: 10.2143/AWE.17.0.3284893

Abstract :
This paper reassesses the material culture of Ai Khanum, the most important site of Hellenistic-period Bactria, from a trans-local globalisation approach. While ‘Hellenism’ is a commonly cited explanation for cultural change in what is often referred to as ‘The Far East’, it begs the question how particular cultural elements were used and perceived socially on the ground. In rethinking Ai Khanum’s cultural features in the face of ancient globalisation processes that made Eurasia a smaller world, this paper opts for a more dynamic approach to cultural interaction in Hellenistic-period Central Asia by arguing that re-contextualised cultural elements may have served to act out multiple (trans)-local identities according to the social sphere.

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