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Ports of the Ancient Indian Ocean
ISBN: 978-93-84082-07-9 • 2015 • HB • 560 pp. • ₹ 2195 • $ 99.95 • £ 65.95

Ports of the Ancient Indian Ocean


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edited by Marie-Françoise Boussac
Professor of Greek History, Nanterre-La Défense University
Jean-François Salles
Formerly Directeur de Recherche, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Jean-Baptiste Yon
Researcher, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

This volume looks at the multisided role that ports played in the exchange and transfer of knowledge between the ‘Indian Ocean’ and Mediterranean societies. Through the early Greek Periplus to minute descriptions by the Portuguese in the late sixteenth century, or French archives of the colonial period, an accurate knowledge was gradually developed and transmitted on what is now called the Indian Ocean. The essays herein focus on the nature of this knowledge, its history and status, using and combining new archaeological data and recent publications of textual material. They deal with material originating from the Red Sea to India, through Arabia and the Persian Gulf, shedding a new light on ancient ports and maritime contacts, with a special interest not only on India but on related areas as well, such as Sri Lanka and South-East Asia.

Claude Allibert • Alessandra Avanzini • Sathyabhama Badhreenath • Bérénice Bellina • Marie-Paule Blasini • Osmund Bopearachchi • Marie-Françoise Boussac • Dejanirah Couto Marie-Françoise Boussac • Senarath Disanayaka • Jean-Charles Ducéne • Jean-Marie Lafont • A.S. Gaur • Claire Hardy-Guilbert • Sara Keller • Oliver Kessler • Elizabeth Lambourn • Rila Mukherjee • Nimal Perera • Jean-François Salles • Heidrun Schenk • V. Selvakumar • Ingo Strauch • Sundaresh • Pierre Tallet • Roberta Tomber • Emmanuelle Vagnon • Cheryl Ward • Hans-Joachim Weisshaar • Jean-Baptiste Yon • Chiara Zazzaro

‘The 16 papers divide into two groups: the first explores Palmyrenes ‘abroad’, and the second, larger group focuses on the city itself…The collection is well illustrated throughout, with many photographs in colour; there are also short abstracts. Given the international cast—Germany, Japan, Norway, Poland and Russia—it is inevitable that the lingua franca is English…the text is good.’

Robert Witcher, Antiquity

‘This highly informative book, elegantly produced with ample images, will be an asset to any library, especially those of universities and research centres.’

K.R.A. Narasiah, The Hindu


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