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A Golden Chain of Civilizations: Indic, Iranic, Semitic and Hellenic (From c. 600 B.C. to c. A.D. 600)

G C Pande (Editor) History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization

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.

Dr G.C. Pande (1923-2011) thinker, scholar, writer regarded internationally as an authority on Buddhism and ancient Indian culture, held professorial positions at several universities; besides having been the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Allahabad (1978-84).

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About the author

G C Pande

Professor G. C. Pande is an eminent historian and philosopher. He has been associated with many universities in different academic capacities for the last five decades. He had been the Vice-Chancellor of Rajasthan and Allahabad Universities. He is President of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study Society as well as Chairman of Governing Body. He is also Chairman of Allahabad Museum and Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath.

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Title A Golden Chain of Civilizations: Indic, Iranic, Semitic and Hellenic (From c. 600 B.C. to c. A.D. 600)
Author G C Pande
Format Hardcover
Date published: 04.07.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788187586562
length xxxvi+805p., Illustrations; Map; 29cm.