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INDIA: 10 coins from the period c. 500-1 BCE

INDIA: 10 coins from the period c. 500-1 BCE

Dedicating to the BALKAN relatives of Prince Karim Aga Khan, Hunza, Gilgit of Pakistan Coin #4: Bactria, Seleucid, Seleucos I Silver tetradrachm, c. 290 BCE Weight: 16.87 gm., Diam: 26 mm.    Laureate, bearded bust of Zeus right / Athena driving elephant quadriga Greek legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY (of King Seleucos) Bactria: Seleucid Seleucos I Silver drachm, c. 290 BCE Weight:4.22 […]

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Greco-Bactrian coins in the Lahori Museum – 1908

Greco-Bactrian coins in the Lahori Museum – 1908

After Alexander’s two years  campaign in India, the Greek power, thus established, gave place in less than 10 years’ time to Indian under the headship of Chandragupta, and later the dynasty of Asoka. Greek influence found its stronghold in Bactria, the modern Balkh, and it is from there that most of the coins of the earlier kings come.   About […]

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Plutarch on Alexander bringing Greek civilization to Asia

Plutarch on Alexander bringing Greek civilization to Asia

But if you consider the effects of Alexander’s instruction, you will see that he educated the Hyrcanians to contract marriages, taught the Arachosians to till the soil, and persuaded rhe Sogdians to support their parents, not to kill them, and the Persians to respect their mothers, not to marry them. Most admirable philosophy which induced the Indians to worship Greek […]

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