Ben Yuan wrote:I'd agree with that assessment. One of the problems is just a collapse in the value given to the humanities in our society.
It seemed to be impossible to me that the Hellenistic world could have impacted South Asian art so immensely, if it did not also impact it's ideas.
Indrajala wrote:I wrote a relevant blog article discussing how the collapse of Rome affected Buddhism in India as a result of declining international trade networks which the sangha was inherently dependent upon.
http://huayanzang.blogspot.com/2013/07/ ... dhism.html
Luke wrote:Awesome article, Ven. Indrajala! It is like some pages from a real history textbook! You might want to consider publishing a book on this subject.
I have always found historical interconnections between eastern and western cultures fascinating. Unfortunately, they are barely mentioned in most standard history courses and standard history books.
tingdzin wrote:Dear Indrajala
If you are interested in pan-Eurasian connections, you might be interested in Christopher Beckwith's "Empires of the Silk Road".
I think the thread's comments on the decline of Humanities scholarship are quite true. Another of the causes maybe academic overspecialization.
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