The Legacy of the Indo-Greeks
starts with the formal end of the Indo-Greek Kingdom
from the 1st century CE, as the Greek communities of central Asia and northwestern India lived under the control of the Kushan
branch of the Yuezhi, apart from a short-lived invasion of the Indo-Parthian Kingdom
. The Kushans founded the Kushan Empire
, which was to prosper for several centuries. In the south, the Greeks were under the rule of the Western Kshatrapas
It is unclear how much longer the Greeks managed to maintain a distinct presence in the Indian sub-continent.
The 36 Indo-Greek kings known through epigraphy or through their coins belong to the period between 180 BCE to 10–20 CE. There are a few hints of a later Indo-Greek political presence in the Indian subcontinent.Theodamas
, known from an inscription on a signet, may have been an Indo-Greek ruler in the Bajaur
area in the 1st century CE.
In the 3rd century, the Scythian Western Satraps
seem to have relied on Greeks, such as Yavanesvara
("Lord of the Greeks"), who may have been organized in more or less independent poleis
Some sort of Greek political organization is thought to have existed in the first half of... Read More