Golden Chain of Civilizations: Indic, Iranic, Semitic & Hellenic
Section 1: Cultural Contacts & Movements
History of Science, Philosphy & Culture in Indian Civilization Vol. I, Part 5

Edited by G.C. Pande
June 2012
Distributed by Coronet Books Inc.
ISBN: 9788187586555
528 pages
$147.50 Hardcover

The perspective of historical interpretation here, as in the previous volumes of the PHISPC series, is interpretative pluralism. While it insists on the critical and rigorous examination of historical sources and the rule of evidence for all factual statements, it does not insist on any specific interpretative perspective: whether orientalist, nationalist, liberal, Marxist, modernist, or traditionalist – for history as a story can, perhaps, never be uniquely or finally told. 

This book: Volume 1, Part 5, is intended to review the history of science, philosophy and culture in Indian civilization in the context of civilizational contacts with the Iranic, Semitic, and Hellenic worlds and comparable developments in them. Methodologically, historical, multidisciplinary, and pluralistic, it seeks to represent critically the scientific, philosophical, and cultural ideas and values as they emerged in the historical course of civilizations. 

Besides the Editor’s stimulating introduction, the volume carries 22 scholarly essays covering a wide range of specificities, like Pythagoras in India – Alexander and the Hellenistic Empire – Greek Authors on Ancient India – Ancient Indian Trade with the Roman World – Prophet Zarathustra, the Avesta and the Vedas – Migrations from Central Asia: the Kushans – The Religious Universe of the Kushan Empire – Art in the Kushan Empire – The Kushans and the Sun-Cult – Kushan Archaeology vis-à-vis Kushan Civilization in Afghanistan – Sakas in India. 

This volume, in itself, is a part of the on-going, highly ambitious Project, History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization (PHISPC) which aims to discover the central aspects of India’s heritage and present them in an interrelated manner. Notwithstanding its primarily historical character, the Project: in both conceptualization and execution, has been shaped by scholars drawn from different disciplines.


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