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Evidence for Cultural Influence and Trade in the Coinage of the Western Kshatrapas


Occupying a pivotal spot on thenorth-west coast of India in the first centuries CE, the Kingdom of the WesternKshatrapas remains one of the most neglected parts of India’s ancient past. Asa key regional power, and part of the major ocean trade with Rome, this isunfortunate and deserves to be rectified. This piece, by Guy Bud, anUndergraduate at Oxford University, deals with the coins of the region and askswhat their stylistic aspects can tell us about the cultures which mixed in theregion at the time. Looking at the Roman, Hellenistic and local coinagetraditions, the article engaged with the idea of cultural transition andinfluence in this very singular context.

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