Paropamisadae


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Paropamisadae

 

the Greek name for the region south of the Hindu Kush in the southeastern part of present-day Afghanistan. From the sixth to the fourth century B.C., Paropamisadae was part of the Achaemenid empire and the empire of Alexander the Great. It later became part of the Greco-Bactrian and Kushan kingdoms.

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Alexander formed another satrapy (quite separate from Paropamisadae) comprising of recently conquered hilly areas as well as ancient Gandhara (=present Peshawar).
By 256 B.C., the vast eastern region--with such ancient names as Aria, Arachosia, Bactria, Drangiana, Ferghana, Khwarzem, Margiana, Paropamisadae, Sogdiana, and Transoxiana--broke away from the Seleucid Empire.
In the opinion of Bopearachchi, Hellenistic and Roman art played a significant role in the productions of local schools of art in the Paropamisadae. At the same time, Lolita Nehru cautions that the role of the Greeks is often overestimated by scholars.