BICS Supplement 108. Edited by Edith Hall and Phiroze Vasunia. Published 2010. ISBN 9781905670284
The year 2007 marked at least three anniversaries in the history of South Asia: 250 years since the Battle of Plassey, 150 since the uprising or ‘Mutiny’, and 60 since India and Pakistan gained independence from British rule.
This book draws on the papers presented at a conference held in London, in 2007, to commemorate these anniversaries.
The contributors open up fresh perspectives on the continuing cultural presences of Mediterranean antiquity and South Asia, and enrich our knowledge of Greco-Roman antiquity and colonial and postcolonial India. The chapters in the book range widely and cover topics such as architectural style, the ‘Mutiny’ of 1857, the 19th-century historiography of the Roman Empire, a Bengali version of the Iliad, Rudyard Kipling, Rosemary Sutcliff, the performance of Antigone in north-east India, and British Asian theatre.
The book offers a valuable exploration of the many intriguing connections between British India and the classical Greek and Roman past.