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Alexander's Swat

Members of the research group are starting from the toponyms of the Daedala regio mentioned by the historians of Alexander. The study area roughly corresponds to the Swat valley and adjacent territories, an area which has been extensively surveyed by the Italian Archaeological Mission, and others. The geographical limits of the area can be defined by two loci of the Alexander's narrative, i.e. Nysa (Nuristan) to the West, and the Indus (Punjab) to the East. The combination of the various "layers", (1) archaeological data, (2) Greek and Latin toponyms, (3) Indic toponyms, and (4) non-Pashto modern toponyms, might represent a good line of research, never attempted before. The outcomes of the interrelated research might include (a) a tentative reconstruction of this segment of the Alexander's itinerary, (b) the definition of elements useful for the analysis of the sources of the Alexander's historians, (c) an insight on the Greek (and Achaemenian) tradition in ancient NW India between end-4th century BCE and mid-1st century CE, i.e. from Alexander to the Saka-Parthians, and their allied families in Swat.
Luisa Prandi
Full Professor
External components
Claudia Antonetti
Università Ca' Foscari
Matteo De Chiara
Olga Tribulato
Università Ca' Foscari
Stefan Baums
Münich Universität
Luca Maria Olivieri
ISMEO - Coordinatore Progetto
Topic Research area
Alexander the Great and Alexandrographers Storia e civiltà del mondo antico
Ancient history
Methodology of archaeological research Archeologia del mondo antico e medievale
Archaeology, archaeometry, landscape archaeology
Auxiliary sciences of History CN Inscriptions. Epigraphy Storia e civiltà del mondo antico
Ancient history
Title Managers Sponsors Starting date Duration (months)
Alexander's Swat: Toponymy Project Luisa Prandi Mar 23, 2017 60


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