It is said, Buddhist missionaries made it to Alexandria Egypt and else where in the Mediterranean circa 200 BCE. Have any scholars and/or archeologists found any evidence of Buddhism being practiced in the Eastern Mediterranean?


I was reading about this because of the famous Milinda Questions. They are a set of questions asked by Indo-Greek king Menander I (Pali Milinda) of Bactria from a 'Arhath' monk. Therefore it is possible that this Indo-Greek Kingdom probably had relations with both India and Mediterranean.


It is difficult to find archaeological evidence on this especially in the ME due to current situations. Also many might have been destroyed as Buddhism was there very early on.

But references like:

  • Suna paranthe
  • Yantatta Yonaka Pura Muninoca Padan
  • Ashoka's Dhammaduta routes
  • Attendees of Dhamma Sangayana

Point to some direction on this in literature. Evidence needs to be found though as I am not aware of any. (Perhaps some one can elaborate on this aspect.)

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