Ptarmigan

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9/05/2004

One of the most fascinating chapters of syncretic history: the Greco-Buddhist kingdoms:

Evidence of direct religious interaction between Greek and Buddhist thought during the period include the Milinda Panha, a Buddhist discourse in the platonic style, held between the Greek king Menander (160 to 135 BC) and the Buddhist monk Nagasena.



2 Comments:

At 9/07/2004 12:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it when reality turns out to have anticipated my ideas. :)

——DM

 
At 9/07/2004 12:36:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Yeah, exactly. :)

The $64,000 question--well, two of them--is: how far in in what manner did Hellenistic thought venture east? And conversely, how far and in what manner did Buddhist thought influence Mediterranean culture (generally using the trade nexus of Alexandria as a focal point)? Reading some of the gnostic gospels, or even the gospel of John for that matter, makes you wonder...

 

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