Greek and Indian Languages
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Although Greek knowledge of India (initially mediated through Persia) dates back to the 6th-5th c. BCE, it was only with Alexander the Great’s Indian campaign (ca 330 BCE) that the Greeks came into direct contact with the Indian world, founding colonies and settling in Indian regions (especially in Bactria) as soldiers, settlers, diplomats, traders, and even rulers of kingdoms. …

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Marina Benedetti, “Greek and Indian Languages”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 14 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2013

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