Bactria

Bactria, Historical region in Central Asia.

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Bactria (Bactrian: βαχλο, Bakhlo), or Bactriana, was an ancient region in Central Asia. Bactria proper was north of the Hindu Kush mountain range and south of the Oxus river, covering the flat region that straddles modern-day Afghanistan. More broadly Bactria was the area north of the Hindu Kush, west of the Pamirs and south of the Tian Shan, covering modern-day Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as well, with the Amu Darya flowing west through the centre. Called "beautiful Bactria, crowned with flags" by the Avesta, the region is one of the sixteen perfect Iranian lands that the supreme deity Ahura Mazda had created. One of the early centres of Zoroastrianism and capital of the legendary Kayanian kings of Iran, Bactria is mentioned in the Behistun Inscription of Darius the Great as one of the satrapies of the Achaemenid Empire; it was a special satrapy and was ruled by a crown prince or an intended heir.

Greco-Bactrian Kingdom
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Greco-Bactrian Kingdom ... Indo-Greek Kingdom, the easternmost part of the Hellenistic world, covering Bactria and Sogdiana in Central Asia from 256 to 125 BC. It was centered on the...

Agathocles of Bactria
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Agathocles of Bactria ... Demetrius and one of his sub-kings in charge of the Paropamisade between Bactria and Indus-Ganges plains. In that case, he was a grandson of Euthydemus...

Bactria (fly)
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Bactria (fly) ... species belong to the genus Bactria: Bactria hypoleucochaeta (Bezzi, 1908) c g Bactria rhopalocera (Karsch, 1888) c g Bactria vagator (Wiedemann, 1828)...

Bactria–Margiana Archaeological Complex
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Bactria–Margiana Archaeological Complex ... The Bactria–Margiana Archaeological Complex (short BMAC), also known as the Oxus civilization, is the modern archaeological designation for a Bronze Age...

Indo-Greek Kingdom
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Indo-Greek Kingdom ... Subcontinent were eventually divided from the Graeco-Bactrians centered on Bactria (now the border between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan), and the Indo-Greeks...

Yuezhi
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Yuezhi ... Valley by the Wusun and migrated southward to Sogdia and later settled in Bactria. The Greater Yuezhi have consequently often been identified with peoples...

Hephthalites
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Hephthalites ... Tokhara Yabghus took over in 625. The Imperial Hephthalites, based in Bactria, expanded eastwards to the Tarim Basin, westwards to Sogdia and southwards...

Greco-Buddhism
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Greco-Buddhism ... which developed between the fourth century BCE and the fifth century CE in Bactria (modern-day Afghanistan) and the Gandhara (mostly in modern-day Pakistan)...

Kushan Empire
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Kushan Empire ... migrated from northwestern China (Xinjiang and Gansu) and settled in ancient Bactria. The founder of the dynasty, Kujula Kadphises, followed Greek religious...

Roxana
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Roxana ... of a Bactrian nobleman named Oxyartes, who served Bessus, the satrap of Bactria and Sogdia. He was thus probably also involved in the murder of the last...

Bessus
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Plato of Bactria
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Demetrius I of Bactria
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Alexander IV of Macedon
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Bactrian language
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Balkh Province
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Margiana
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Eucratides I
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