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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 2:24 pm 
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In various sources that deal with the history of Indian state Kerala, it is stated that they had trade contacts with ancient Egypt, as well as with ancient Greece and ancient Rome, these contacts were through maritime routes. They were direct routes as well as through arab traders. Here is one source about Keralan history
http://www.prokerala.com/kerala/history/history.htm#h2
Among buddhist writers there are some who think that Rome had also intellectual contact with India, like Alex Wayman for example.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:26 pm 
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The kingdom of Gandhara had a lot of contact with the Greco-Roman world. And, you can see that influence in the famous Buddhist statues from that time. I also recall that there was a Buddhist community living in Alexandria.

So, there was a lot of crossover that we are just not aware of.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:41 pm 
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In some sutra you see reference to trade goods that came from the Mediterranean regions.

I think glassware was one...

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:namaste: I have heard that Roman coins were found in Vietnam some years ago.
the silk and other trading routes are very ancient.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:18 am 
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Yes, silk was taken from China through the seas to India and from there further to Rome. Use of silk was widespread, traces of silk have been found from all parts of Roman empire, even from outpost places like Britain. They imported from the East also many other things like grains of rice, which was so expensive that it could only be used as a medicine. And it may be the product that came from Vietnam (?).

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