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The geographical area which is today called "Greater Gandhara" had already been part of the Hellenistic world, or at least been in close contact to it, for more than three hundred years before the emergence of what we call "Gandharan Art". Epigraphic and archaeological evidence proves that at least the higher-educated layers of society were familiar with the Mediterranean culture of their day in terms of literature and the performing arts. A general understanding of the stylistic vocabulary ofdoi:10.11588/ao.2016.0.8746 fatcat:fmmsngm2dvf35el7viaauumnam