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Introduction (to Early Indo-Greek Relations)

Title:Introduction (to Early Indo-Greek Relations)
Author:Doshi, Saryu
Enumeration:Vol. 37 Issue no. 2, p. 3-12
Abstract:More than 2000 years ago Alexander the Great led his conquering armies across the Asiatic lands to the borders of India. He celebrated his triumph by founding the city of Kandahar, originally named Alexandria. This episode in the history of Indo-Greek relations has eclipsed all other events that occurred before or after it. The resulting exchanges led to the many affinities between the 2 cultures, which are apparent in several spheres such as language, literature, philosophy, and the arts. The connections and parallels between India and Greece, as well as the nature and extent of certain reciprocal influences, formed the subject of a seminar organized under the joint auspices of the Governments of India and Greece in Delphi in June 1984. The ensuing discussions served as a catalyst for more detailed analysis of the subject. In this publication, Marg features contributions which examine the direct and indirect influences that flowed between India and Greece. A background to Indo-Greek relations and history is listed under the following sections: The Achaemenid Era, Alexander and the Mauryans, The Indo-Greek Kings, The Shakas and the Parthians, and The Kushanas.

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