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Gandhara Pakistan
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Gandhara

In ancient India, Gandhara was the name of a region located on the border with Afghanistan and Pakistan, with Taxila and the Swat valley for major centres. In 327 BC, Alexander the Great's troops arrived on the banks of the Indus, and his descendants founded the Mauryan dynasties. Not long after the beginning of the Christian era, Gandhara found itself under control of the Kushana empire. One sort of Buddhist art steeped in Hellenism flourished until the 6th century AD. It is often qualified as "Greco-Buddhist", in the same way as Greco-Roman art around the Mediterranean.


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