Menander (155-130 B.C.) Silver Bilingual Drachm


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Hellenistic Age (4th-1st century B.C.)

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Kings of Bactria Menander (155-130 B.C.) Silver Bilingual Drachm Weight 2.4 g. Diameter 17 mm. Obverse: Nice diademed heroically posed bust of Menander left, seen from back, brandishing spear ???????? ??????? MENAN?POY. Reverse: Athena Alkidemos right, holding shield and thunderbolt; monogram. MIG 224e, MACW 1793. Extremely Fine. Menander (Milanda) is the only Hellenistic king celebrated in ancient Indian literature. A noted philosopher, he was one of the two leading characters of a treatise Milindpanha (Questions of Milinda). This book discusses fundamental principles of Buddhist philosophy which is narrated in form of a dialogue between King Milinda and a Buddhist scholar.
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