‘EGYPTIAN BUDDHISM’: Tracing the route of the Buddhist Proselytism in Ptolemaic Egypt and the indo-Egyptian contacts before and after the Ashokan proselytism Movement.
This presentation will showcase Buddhist proselytism in the Hellenistic world,
particularly Ptolemaic Egypt under the rule of Ptolemy II Philadelphus (283-246) BCE, mainly
through the Buddhist emissaries Ashoka, the Indian-Mauryan emperor sent to the Hellenistic
kings. A detailed comparative study of the various Egyptian and non-Egyptian archaeological
and literary sources will be focused upon. This study will then allow for an understanding of the
politico-diplomatic as well as the cultural connections between the Ancient Egyptian and Indian
people, which was hitherto vague.