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February 20, 2012, 06:04:29 AM

I never knew this: the Greeks collaboratively ruled parts of Northern India for 300 years.

Re: Indo-Greek
February 23, 2012, 04:08:14 AM
This is pretty cool. I didn't know it either. The legacy of Alexander's empire lived on for a long time.

Would be even cooler if the Indo-Greeks were still around today, but sadly that's not the case - they were absorbed into the racial mess that is India, much like the Aryan invaders were (despite the caste system and all that). Funny, how that happens to all white folks that settled down in that country.

They did leave behind some cool Greco-Buddhist artworks, though.

Re: Indo-Greek
March 06, 2012, 03:29:55 PM
Descendants of the kingdoms of Bactria are still around today, most famously, the Dards such as the Kalash. The Punjabi people also possess significant Greek ancestry from these times and northern Indian people in general (particularly the upper-castes) still exhibit morphological traits that do not betray the Indo-Iranian and Scythian heritages, with minimal disturbance from the aboriginal adivashi Indian tribes through the millenia (despite more often than not sharing their pigmentation due to obvious reasons other than all out caste and race-mixing).

Note that the Rig Vedic Aryans were broadly of the same racial stock as the Persians who founded the Achaemenid empire, which eventually fell to Alexander en route to the Indian sub-continent, and the Alexandrians would have seen post-Vedic Aryan kings such as Chandragupta Maurya in this related manner, albeit bearing a different culture. It was infact ancient India which stopped the expansion of the Macedonian empire. The ancient Vedic and post-Vedic Indians were formidable warriors and imperialists, far removed from today's people broken by a millenia of subjugation and forgetting the ancient doctrines of eugenic science, though tribes such as the aforementioned Punjabi's retain this Kshatriya spirit.

600 - 300 BC was one of the most fascinating times in the whole of human history.